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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Can't Beat Our Happy Hour!

Enjoy 1/2 price on select food and 25% all other food items on bar menu! Thirsty? 25% off all rail liquor, beers and house wines!
Available at the Bar and select seating. Bring Friends!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 10, 2019

Ends: October 11, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:30PM-6:30PM

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Merry Christmas!! Celebrate this wondrous day with our family at the Old Angler's Inn. Enjoy a beautiful 3 course dinning experience that will warm your heart and leave you filled with joy. $75 p.p. $40 kids menu 10 and under

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

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Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience5

They brought us a replacement wine and said they were out of the one we ordered. The bottle sat unopened for 5 minutes because they couldn’t find a corkscrew. The brought our entrees before the appetizer which they had forgotten we ordered.

I had fabulous memories of Old Angler’s from previous visits...what a disappointment. They should’ve reduced the price of the check but didn’t.

P
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday and I dined alone. I was given my choice of seating in the dining rooms. Ambiance was cozy and chic. Service was superior. Servings were large and delicious. Especially good was the bread pudding. Lovely afternoon outing.

IN
Austin
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Come here for the ambience, not for the food, and prepare to pay dearly for it. We had a bland salad and bland tartare to start. For entrees some plain pasta that the menu claimed was cacio y pepe and some very tough lamb chops. The wine was equally mediocre. It took over an hour to get our mains, with no apologies or explanations offered. All at an aggressively high, Michelin-star price point. There's too much good food and good ambience elsewhere around this area to go back.

S
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, expert service, wonderful experience. It was a bit noisy for my taste, that's my only complaint.

H
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great lunch with friends. Good food and selections for lunch and cozy fireplace. Really great cosmos!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Old Anglers Inn is a special place during the holidays. A very festive atmosphere! Our service was wonderful. Our server David BShan made our evening with his warmth, humor, and exceptional service! Ill be back!

PW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been dining here for years. We had requested well in advance for a table on the main floor since my husband just had surgery and his leg was in a cast, so making it up the narrow spiral staircase would be tricky. The hostess was less than accommodating and informed us that he had to get himself up the staircase or lose our reservation. We’ve dined here over a dozen times and have never had such a snarky reception. Our server made up for the unprofessional welcome that we received as his service was attentive and the food was on pointe.

KW
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful, relaxing dinner. Not rushed, excellent service, food was fantastic. Loved the ambience. Thank you.

BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable, everything

c
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A time-honored spot for a cozy meal with friends in a casual setting. The downstairs room is definitely the to-be spot - especially in wintertime with the fireplace roaring. Black-and-white checkered oilcloth tablecloths, comfortable padding chairs, and a traditional inn decor [old prints, candle lanterns, etc.] provide wonderful charm.
The food is well-prepared and tasty; we enjoyed seafood pasta, a hamburger, and crab cakes. The fries are excellent!
Service was good though a bit slow; it would have been nice to have the waiter stop by more frequently. Table service in terms of water in the glasses never faltered....
One recommendation - on a cold windy day, avoid the table near the door; it's opened all the time and the draft can be uncomfortable. No way around it unless the restaurant puts up some kind of barrier to prevent the cold from blasting in every time the door is opened.

BM
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

It had been a long time since I last dined at Old Angler's and I had fond memories of the restaurant. I remember the food as being very good. I went there with a couple of friends this year for Thanksgiving, and it appears much has changed. While the atmosphere was festive, the food (at best) was mediocre. In fact, one member of our party sent her food back. Definitely not the restaurant that I remembered.

r
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Much better than last Thanksgiving. Good dinner and good service. Very busy, but not as hectic as last year. The service team coordinated well and stayed on top of everything.

d
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was hit or miss. We had to ask for water and utensils several times. Also, we were place right by the bar and there was a very loud, obnoxious woman at the bar. We asked for a different table, but the hostess never returned to either move us or let us know there were no other tables. Fortunately, the loud, obnoxious (clearly very drunk) woman left after about 25-30 minutes. Food was very good, although my filet was not cooked as I had requested it. I had to send it back. We have been to Old Angler's many times and generally really like it. I guess the lesson for us is not to return on Thanksgiving. It was too uneven for the amount of money we paid for dinner!

TL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This restaurant is a tradition with our family. My parents came here on dates when they were in college. We’ve been here for birthdays, my parents 60th anniversary and just casual afternoons sitting outside after a walk in the toe path.

This was our first holiday and it did not disappoint. It is cozy, warm and the food was amazing. It was a little loud but it was thanksgiving. Our waiter, who was great, is actually the son of the owner but we didn’t realize it until half way through the meal. All around great place for any occasion but truly nice for Thanksgiving.

MV
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The Thanksgiving Day menu was very good overall; both the pumpkin soup and crab Louie appetizer were excellent, as was the filet mignon (both orders cooked correctly, good quality, tender meat).

While the food was good, the total experience left something to be desired. It was our first time at the restaurant and we were unprepared to be abruptly told to "go wait outside" (since there was no room for the other option offered, to "take a seat in the bar, " which was packed). When we returned to point out that it was 15 minutes past our reservation time, we were sharply told "we're very busy today." Well, yes, that's why you have a (badly managed) reservation system.

DD
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great holiday dinner restaurant as the restaurant is very cozy and inviting.

AF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Thanksgiving meal with lots of options for non-Turkey lovers (although mine was delicious). The fresh oysters for appetizers were amazing. And service was excellent. Happy choice for us as an alternative to cooking at home.

S
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh wow. The Old Angler's Inn really know how to make Thanksgiving special. The menu was fantastic, the wine list perfectly complementary, the service great, and the ambiance--well, the Old Angler's ambiance is relaxing and welcoming whether for a special occasion like today or just a friendly drop-in after a hike on the Canal. Although we were seated immediately, anybody who had to wait for their table would have found plenty to enjoy--the big fire pit out front was roaring, the bar area was welcoming, the atmosphere festive. Thanks to all, and best wishes.

LL
Washington DC
344 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DAVID was our server and it was delightful to reconnect with one of the most gracious and service oriented servers that I've ever known. The food was great as was the ambiance, but I will return again quickly on any night that he is working!

SP
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy and comfortable.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

It's a terrific spot; especially nice with fire going outside but the downstairs' ambience really outweighs the upstairs. Upstairs is nice but in the winter, I would think the downstairs would be in demand. Service was a little slow but all and all a very nice experience.

JG
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent. We were a little disappointed that they sat us upstairs which was nice but didn’t quite have the ambiance of the downstairs with the fireplace. Also the spiral staircase to the upstairs was narrow and definitely not for anybody with mobility issues. Next time, we’ll request a table downstairs.

JS
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time there, it was very very classy, beautiful both inside and out. The server was very attentive and professional. I had a Groupon and I’ll definitely be returning

PB
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our second visit - again very enjoyable. The ahi salad, the trout dip, the creme brûlée - all superb. The cauliflower mac and cheese was fine, just not special.

AD
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Definitely recommend! Service started out pretty slow but got better through the meal. Love this place!

c
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After valet car service we walked up to a roaring outdoor fire. It was beautiful.
Entered the Inn and another fire kept the room cozy and inviting.
Excellent service, delicious fish—salmon and swordfish. Great cocktails —it was truly a wonderful evening in a special place.

AM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular food, great ambiance(sitting by the fire ) and attentive service

OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect setting by the Outdoor Fire Pit, food excellent and our server attentive and could ask for better. Thank you

V
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and place

DC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Outstanding ambiance. Food was good but not particularly inspiring. A better place for drinks than for a special occasion meal, but for the ambiance.

AG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I had the rack of lamb and my boyfriend had the hamburger with foie gras. We also split a Caesar salad and surf and turf appetizer. The meals were great and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. Given that the meals are relatively expensive and the venue is historic, I would recommend different music besides disco. Other than that it was a very enjoyable experience.

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food is excellent and the atmosphere is cozy. We were meeting up with old friends from Europe and were looking forward to a relaxing dinner to catch up. I made reservations a day in advance and requested a table by the fireplace, which didn't happen. We were still enjoying our appetizers, when our entree arrived and the waiter without asking just took away my appetizer that I was still eating! Felt very rushed even though the restaurant didn't seem super busy.

L
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love the downstairs in the winter; the fireplace makes it a delight!

l
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Bar often seems disorganized, unprepared and drinks are slow to arrive.

CH
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband’s birthday

e
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went for lunch. Great location to combine hiking with a nice reward. Wine prices ridiculous which is why only 4 stars.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pretty relax atmosphere, and the dishes are right on par.

L
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner. From the French onion soup to the seafood pasta and the salmon entree, everything was delicious. Thanks for a lovely evening.

d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We returned to OAI to celebrate our son’s 18th birthday, and the staff did not disappoint. The service and food were outstanding. Highly recommended!

N
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Old Anglers is the perfect spot for a post hike/post paddle meal. It's super cozy and relaxing. The food is "fine" and the wine is good.

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