Oohh's & Aahh's

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45 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Soul food
OOHHS & AAHHS you will remember. Oohh’s & Aahh’s has consistently received the “Cheap Eats Award “, and the “Best Macaroni and Cheese“ awarded by Washingtonian Magazine. Most recently, the restaurant was featured on the Food Network Cable show, “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”, hosted by Chef Guy Fiero, which is broadcast world-wide (July 2011). Although Oohh’s & Aahh’s is well known in the Metropolitan Washington area, it is also patronized by satisfied tourist and visitors throughout the United States.
The region’s best soul food, dished out from a galley kitchen to customers who josh with chef Oji Abbott as they tear into heaped-high meals. The mac and cheese inspires devotion, fried chicken is the stuff of dreams, and candied yams conjure a homey Thanksgiving dinner.
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Kitchen was backed up and took over an hour to get our food. The servers were engaged and apologetic and salvaged part of the experience. The food took too long. On a happier note, one of the servers sang happy birthday!

a
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great spot for a quiet dinner with friends and family. The upstairs space would be better for a larger group of 20 to 40 people. The food was EXCELLENT!

VR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

This has become my favorite soul food restaurant! Food is always great, portions large.

JG
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The waitress was very helpful and polite great customer service. The food was ok but was a little disappointed with some of the things i ordered but overall it was ok

T
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I would recommend this restaurant ONLY for others to get their own experience. The food was good and they give you a lot.....the service could have definitely been better.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Oohh's & Aahh's was a good dinning experience. We had a good service, that was prompt and personable. The food was great! Oh My God the Mac & Cheese!!!

SH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you are looking for some outstanding Soul Food while in the Washington DC area I would highly recommend stopping by this place. You will not be disappointed at all. We will be back whenever we are here in the area.

LT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 1

Looks can be deceiving. Food was amazing. I was nervous stepping into this narrow building and had to go up narrow stairs to get to a small room; however, the taste of the food was amazing especially their short ribs and mac and cheese.

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice atmosphere. Friendly staff

CN
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place. I am from South Louisiana and we are tough foos critics. I give this place a 5 star rating!!

J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was really disappointed. I took a foodie friend of another race to try soul food for the 1st time. Our server came by once, people who sat after us were eating and leaving while we waited for our food. I tried my best to remain calm even while watching the owner or manager of the establishment chit chat with other customers who have already eaten and you are hungry and wondering why on earth I needed a reservation only to be ignored. I was embarrassed when my friend asked do you think they are treating us this way because I am Asian?

I don't know...smh I would never go back.

DS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I had an amazing time, the food was absolutely delicious. My server wasn't very good (short w/glasses), she seemed new or maybe was having a bad day but every other worker was very nice and constantly checked on us. Overall great place to grab some awesome soul food!!

LK
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Good service!

LK
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We never received our food after sitting at the table for over an hour and being promised by the manager and server that our food was “on the way”. We never received refills and the air conditioning seemed as if it was not working properly. The manager offered 15% off of our food. But again... where was our food? It never came. What a joke. The server showed not emotion or sense of urgency. I would not recommend this place if it you are expecting to eat within 30 minutes or even receive great service!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Service was extremely slow and staff needs to be trained

KD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great it was fresh. Fish was hot and crispy. Chicken was good. Customer service was excellent. Larry is great. We recognized him from another location we ate at. He stood out the last time and we recognized him immediately this time. If you want a quiet environment this may not be the place. I notice they have an upstairs but we didn’t check it out. I do recommend this place.

B
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Waited an hour for our food after our order was taken.

Will not return.

M
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was originally the wrong location I went to. It was standing room and order to go only. Then I found this location... I really enjoyed it and had a great time. I will definitely go back.

VG
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very very good! We had a wonderful time!!!!!!!!!!!!

HT
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I actually love the food here and I come here because it's a local Loki spot. I go to the one off of Georgia Avenue it's the best.

EC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this place it's my Favorite place to go and eat soul food and I love the atmosphere there .The Food is awesome and the service is terrific and the staff is Awesome too. The smothers chicken livers and gravy with onions and peppers are the Best in Town I am in love with them they give u so much for an
Appetizing it's great .😍😁😊😄🤗🙂🤔😚

CB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Even with a reservation they had an hour wait and they were running low on food.

AO
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious! Good southern food and the portion was very adequate.

MH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The taste of food is not what it once was.
The offering of alcohol beverages would be advantageous for both parties (business and customers).

S
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service was excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is traveling through or visiting.

D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

Although the food was delicious and the service great, I was very disappointed with the physical plant. The walls were dingy, boxes were stacked in the hallway, the ceiling showed evidence of water spots and the bathrooms were in need of renovation. When I saw electric lines running from the hand dryer and visible PVC stacks in the corner of the room I was concerned. To be the flagship store I would hope that more attention would be made to ensuring that customers have a positive first impression of the dining area.

RM
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great deserts and awesome young man at the register.

HN
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

Best soul foid cooked fresh for every order. Waiter had great personzlity. Servers that broughtvfood out got a few irders mixed up. Not a restaurant for ambiace, just great food. The humingbird cake is the bomb

RT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great service. Any other concerns I have emailed to the restaurant.

BV
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I read some of the other reviews, but I decided to go in with an open mind. When we got in there, the written reviews that spoke to the space or tightness, did not exsist. I thought that there was plenty of space and we were led to our seat right away. Lately our friends have started asking about some of the places that we dine at. We pretty much have stopped going to food chains. DC has so many places that have one or two locations and based on this dining experience, we have decided to put Oohh's and Aahh's into our rotation. We took a picture of the plate because it looked so good. We decided to take our desert with us. That cake was good. So looking forward to the next time.

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had a reservation that they didn't honor and said it would be a 30 minute wait regardless (noting that reservations don't matter). The hostess was incredibly rude and unhelpful. My water had a pinkish hue to it so I didn't drink it. The food did not look appetizing and the restaurant was incredibly overcrowded. Would not recommend or return.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

I was so excited to dine here. Heard that the Mac n Cheese was a rave. We were quickly seated but waited over an hour for our food. Although, we had a reservation, we were asked to move, which was okay except 3 tables who came after us were served first. Bus boys gave better service than our waitress, who never check on us or took my drink order. I had to ask for cornbread during the hour plus wait. Food arrived and order was wrong; corrected order came with no silverware. Manager apologized but offered little resolution. They just couldn't get it right. The food was good but ruined my night out with my mom. I put two hours on the meter but that wasn't enough to accommodate their wait times. I will not return EVER. The cabbage, chicjen wings and beef ribs were EXCELLENT..... But, I like to feel appreciated when I dine out.

J
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers and manager were so attentive, accommodating and patient with our large party of 16 for my boyfriend’s 30th dinner party! We were beyond impressed. The food was amazing as well! Highly recommended!

PM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcomed us in and didn't bat an eye that I had my kid out so late on school night not that we had made a reservation when they were Near empty. Everyone was pleasant and didn't rush us nor make us wait around. They thought of having the sauce on the side in case the kid didn't like it. They had a vegetable plate and a side of friend okra for me (latter was great--not too much batter). One staffer helped the kid figure out there was no one in the bathroom and the new server took the kid to the dessert case to help him pick out a slice of cake to take home after dinner.

BJ
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food are excellent, and the music was great and added to the quality of the experience!

WO
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We decided to try this place for Sunday brunch. We were given the entire menu as all items were available. Yay! I had shrimp, Mom had the crab cakes, brother #1 for grilled chicken Caesar salad, and brother two got the catfish. Everyone was happy with the food, but they had a private party on the second floor which occupied most of the kitchen and waitstaff time. And almost every table on the main floor was full. This place was busy the entire time we were there, and it’s truly a neighborhood gem. I’ll be back to try the yams and greens!

SB
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant and the workers here are so kind!

AN
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was excellent and was a great representative of the establishment.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The service was excellent and the food was delicious and plentiful. Get the string beans!

AP
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed ourselves and will be back! Our waitress and the manager made excellent suggestions to suit our taste buds. We were celebrating my birthday and it was a very nice spot. I only wished there were more dessert options. We were so full from our entrees that it was fine without it.