Ophelia's Fish House

4.1
27 reviews
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Ophelia’s was founded on the belief that a great meal is more than just food on a plate. It’s the relationship between the romantic atmosphere and our Southern-inspired menu and service. This is Ophelia’s commitment to an exquisite experience. And that’s why Ophelia’s is quickly becoming the go-to place on The Hill for quality seafood and cocktails. Orchestrated by the renowned Chef Gregorio Martinez, the menu at Ophelia’s is the culmination of flavor and color that comes from using the freshest, selectively-sourced ingredients.
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RD
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We had a reservation and were promptly served. The waiter also readily took our drink orders and shortly thereafter our dinner orders. Of the three of us I ordered a salad in addition to the entree. After a forty five minute wait I enquired as to the status of my salad order. The waiter, upon checking, informed me that because I ordered my salad at the same time I ordered my entree, it would have to be served at the same time as the entree . Our dinners arrived an hour after we were seated. No bread, no apologies, no apparent concern by either the waiter or the manager. As to the food, the fish portions were small, poorly seasoned, and lacking in flavor. We regret we left feeling we had wasted an evening and our money dining at Ophelia's Fish House.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the swordfish and jambalaya, everything was great. We’re excited to come back and try the other items!

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NB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town visiting from California and thought that we would try Ophelia's. We both had the jambalaya and I have to say, it was one of the best we have had. The presentation was also very nice. Our waiter was very attentive and the atmosphere fun and upbeat. We would highly recommend Ophelia's.

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OM
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at Ophelia's Fish House. Had a great booth table in the bar area. Service was very good. The crab bisque was outstanding. Some of the best I have ever had. The Rockfish entrée was also great. The only negative is it appears the neighborhood has changed and not for the better. We will recommend the restaurant with the caveat to be careful when going to and leaving that area of the city.

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MS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience from start to finish. The sea bass was great. Not my first time and will certainly make return visits.

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W
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had never been here before and was recommended by a bartender at Orchid. Really great food, wonderful atmosphere (we sat outside - perfect night, great service, pretty quiet except for the firetrucks!) and I'd recommend w/o hesitation!

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Incredible food. But the service is consistently poor. Little attention, numerous errors, lack of knowledge about the food and drinks. This would be such an amazing restaurant if the owners only took a small amount of time to appropriately train their staff. This is my third time to dine here, and the experience is consistent. I return due to proximity to where I live, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until I find a place with fantastic seafood AND service.

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FS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was great but the atmosphere was hot as there is no air conditioning. Service was a bit slow and there appeared to be only 1 server for the whole restaurant. Staff was friendly though.

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AW
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was ok but not as good as we'd hoped and expected. Crabcakes seemed cursory as did the mussels which were simply not up to par. Service was very slow and lack of follow through. Plates took a long time. AC had failed inside - perhaps this was a factor.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I’d give this place 0 stars if not for our waiter. Our waiter was extremely friendly and polite.

Our overall experience was not a positive one. Our rolls came out frozen inside and our wine was served hot. The food took almost an hour on a pretty empty night. My portion size was big, but the dish was not good. It lacked flavor and the sauce was watery. I couldn’t even eat it. My companions’ dishes were better than mine, but not great.

Our waiter noticed I had not touched my meal and simply removed it from our bill, which was a very kind gesture.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Our dining experience was overall good. We typically try to have family dinner every week and we work to pick a new place that seems interesting and worthwhile. Saturday was an off day and at first we were at the National Harbor but nothing seemed to jump out at us so we decided to head towards the city. As the mom, everyone put the responsibility on me to decide where we were going to eat and my fiancé and I wanted fried seafood. I went on a search in my maps app and came across Ophelia’s in SE, we actually kept searching and decided on Phillips which was on P St. in NW and discovered that the location was still under construction. Then we settled on heading back to SE to try Ophelia’s — by this time we were starving and hangry. When we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised that it was a small, quaint corner street restaurant. Everything on the menu looked scrumptious but I’m sure everything looks that why when you haven’t eaten all day. The downfall was they were lowly staffed I mean only two servers and a bartender server. There weren’t many people there and they had a large party outside so we were able to get one the booths. The ambiance was set nicely with a large fish tank incorporated with the bar. It may it feel like a home bar and they were down bathroom and it was fairly clean. We always order the Fried Calamari for appetizer and we ordered the Mussels with a Lemon-Butter and Spring Onions (mussels should always come out piping hot but ours was lukewarm but robust with flavor. Our server recommend the Fried Snapper with Herb Rice & Zucchini Pasta. Typically, my fiancé and I want the same dish and we were aiming for the Roasted Seabass with Spinach and a Parmesan Potato with Bacon, which I ended up ordering. My daughter always gets Shrimp and Grits. It took 45 mins to get our appetizers and another 35 mins for our meals which brought the quality of service down and there was no bread for our table. The FOOD IS PHENOMENAL and a great place for date night!

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JD
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere and great food. The goat cheese salad with shrimp was delicious!

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantasia! The whole snapper was incredible

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good service. Very pleased . Will go back!

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was great. However, if you are with a large party -- we were a group of 10 -- let them know to bring your food as it's ready. The food was delicious, but some of it was cold or overcooked due to waiting around. Even after we told them to bring it as it was ready, the kitchen had to remake a dish that ended up being ready before the last person even got their meal. Looking around, it seems they handled the smaller tables much easier. Perhaps that's the ticket.

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AT
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Jambalaya with tiny bay scallops ? And think slices of sausage? A disappointment.

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

Originally we wanted to sit outside but it was a tad chilly with the breeze so they happily moved us inside. The mimosa were amazing as well as our food the pancake and French toast was so soft and fluffy! They had the doors and windows open so the added ambience of the street vendor was amazing.

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RP
Birmingham
19 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. We dined on the patio and the only draw back was a street art vendor on the side walk outside the restaurant in a lawn chair with a speaker pointed directly at us blaring vulgar rap music - sort of kills the ambiance but not the restaurant's fault.

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DG
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food,
Unique selection on menu
Drink menu was very creative

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BL
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!!! Will most certainly be back!

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a relatively big party--Ophelia's Fish House was so welcome and accommodating! They offered to give us multiple checks, kept up with drinks and food, and even made space for an extra person. Would definitely recommend for large groups!

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TD
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I was put off at first by the greeter's declaration that it is the restaurant's "policy" to treat a reservation as a claim on "the next available table" after the time for which the reservation was made. I still think that's a dreadful "policy" (even though it might be a necessary "best effort" on a busy night), but it turned out not to be a very long wait, and all the staff were very hospitable, even after I had made my displeasure about the "policy" a little too plain. In any case, given the staff's gracious efforts to make up for the initial annoyance, I can only report that it was a splendid evening. The food was wonderful, and the service attentive without being in any way intrusive. The ambiance is warm and welcoming.

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C
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service food was timely, hot and delicious.

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

As soon as we were greeted the host told us that despite our reservation we would have to wait for 30 minutes because they were in a hold. Looking around there were multiple open tables both on the patio and indoors so that did not make sense.
Once we were seated we did not have anyone stop by our table for drink orders for over 10 minutes and then it took 15 more minutes to receive the drinks. Our server was really nice, we just didn’t know who was our server for a little bit because two men were stopping at our table.
Our food however was really good but it took an abnormally long time to receive our dinner.
The patio is really large and it was a nice night to dine outside, but 8th street is very noisy and the restaurant itself is across from a fire station so of course there are lots of disturbances.

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HR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Waiter was really bad. According to the menu, you can add bacon or sausage to some brunch entrees for a fee. One of my friends didn't want to but then the waiter said it was free. We politely questioned that and mentioned what the menu said and he kept saying over and over that is was free. But of course when the bill came there were charges for the bacon (which was SOOO not worth it - saddest, limpest bacon ever)! When we showed him the charge on the bill he rolls his eyes, huffs and puffs, brings the menu over and points to where the menu shows the charge. Man, we know that! That's exactly what we were trying to say when you told us it was free!! This was on top of mediocre food. Oh, and they didn't bring syrup even though three of us had french toast and pancakes. Not horrible but I see no reason to return, especially with the rude, not-too-bright waiter.

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MH
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu offers many nice choices so anyone should be able to find something to eat. The food is excellent. The wait staff very friendly. Ambiance is comfortable. Good place to eat.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place for brunch, prices are affordable and the staff are very friendly. Mimosas and food are delicious!

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