Scarlet Oak

4.4
564 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located in the heart of the newly developed Navy Yard area of DC right by the Washington Nationals Park. Located on the corner of New Jersey and K St, Scarlet boasts a large covered patio on both sides. Our menu is casual American fare with some Italian influence. We offer an extensive, rotating local beer list, an artisanal cocktail menu and daily happy hours all in a casual and modern space. It's all about brunch on both Saturday and Sunday with bottomless mimosas!

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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • 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 564 people are saying
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4.4
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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jill
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

horrible service and horrible food. messed up all of our orders when we were one of the only people there. would not come back even if they paid me. food was overpriced and very mediocre.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was delicious. It was a bit odd that they mix the mimosa for you in the champagne bottle but the Bloody Mary was awesome!

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SarahN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place!! It's a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes.

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Sashenka
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Scarlet Oak is a neighborhood gem. It is one of few restaurants in the Navy Yard that offers sit down dining and table service, which seem to be disappearing. The food is very good. Whenever we go, we order the fried brussel sprouts and cauliflower for starters. Salmon, pesto pasta, and pizza are faves. The service is top notch and friendly and there is outdoor and indoor seating. Hard to beat!

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MrsT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’d just sold my home of ten years, so that my husband and I could buy something together. We celebrated a quick listing and settlement the entire weekend. Scarlet Oak was the perfect ending to the weekend. Staff were professional and pleasant and the food and drinks were great! We hope to return soon!

MR
MeaghanR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My husband and I had a reservation for not long before closing. Even though it was late, the staff took exceptional care of us, even running back to the kitchen AFTER it closed to get me extra sauce to take home with my leftovers. The Crispy Brussel Sprouts were fantastic (hence the extra sauce for the leftovers!) And the burgers were super tasty. Great spot for a casual sit down!

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Dante
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going to Scarlet Oak and it won't be the last! Perfect atmosphere for the outside seating and the food / drinks were excellent.

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PapaE
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was delicious and very enjoyable. In addition to the excellent food the service was top notch. 3 of the 4 of us ordered the chicken & waffles as this was recommended by a friend. It Did not disappoint! Highly recommend!

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CameronJ
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While it might have been small to them that night like always, was big to me. Being able to call a restaurant and preorder dinner so that you could make an occasion extra special is a beautiful addition to any night. It allows you to show your partner that you pay attention to detail, you know them and that this night, this moment is all about them and how they make you feel.. I am in love with this restaurant. And I am too grateful that they helped me make the occasion extra special. The service, the cleanliness, that atmosphere will be missed when I move back home to Miami but you guys rock..!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always very nice staff and excellent food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience5

For me it is not worth a second try. The menu selection is lacking. The drinks I had were weak and the found lacked flavor.

JM
JMB346
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great neighborhood spot for a nice brunch. We will try the dinner menu soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Reserved outdoor seating on Open Table, but when we arrived were told outdoor seating was "first come first served" and were given the choice to wait for approx. 1 hour for an outdoor table to come available or sit inside. Food was decent, however we had to wait 40 minutes until we received our meals.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, friendly staff

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Carsie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The brunch menu was not expansive but the food was great, the drinks were great and the restaurant was nice and clean.

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Erica
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best!!! Great brunch, great people, great service!

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vipStephen
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are taking precautions, distancing the tables on the patio and all staff were in masks. Staff here is always great and make it feel like visiting a friend's place when we are there. Food is consistently delicious and a quality menu from starters to entrees to wine/beer.

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TO33
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We had a nice lunch on the patio. Our server was wonderful, but she was working the inside of the restaurant as well as making drinks, so it was a little slow. Our table was also not cleared when we were done eating. The food was very good and I will go back.

BH
vipBruceH
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the burger and it was delicious! Their COVID precautions were strictly followed and I felt very safe. Considering the challenges serving a socially distanced restaurant, they did a great job. Will likely return.

BH
BillyH
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent ! Food was a great value for the price

GD
vipGregD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always adore a meal here. Neighborhood favorite!

JM
JMB346
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good brunch and we felt comfortable with the safety pro cautions and were happy with a shady spot on the patio.

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vipMartin
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Chicken Pesto Pasta was tasty but very greasy. Half the amount of pesto sauce would have been sufficient!

And there needs to be more treatment for bugs/mosquitoes for patio seating.

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vipoutoftowner
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and management have done a nice job of putting COVID safety measures in place. The food is still excellent.

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vipAH23
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a friend in town and wanted a great brunch. Glad we came.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. You will always be greeted with a warm smile and a family atmosphere. The drinks keep flowing and the food is delicious! Carlos and Max are the BEST!!

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Gianni
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good, easy, pleasant service, convenient. Nice veranda.

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vipDozer
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Despite what is listed on open table for happy hour, they are not currently running the usual happy hour specials.

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vipKeonnaJ
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I don’t know why I keep giving this place chance after chance. The food quality has defiantly gone down over the past few years. They’re still serving “tator tots” as breakfast potatoes. Due to covid we chose to sit outdoors.

I walked right in...no extra precautions. But when my guest arrived the manager would’ve like her enter without applying the store purchased hand sanitizer. She stated she had he own in her purse but he insisted she HAD to use theirs or she couldn’t get in. If I wouldn’t heard this convo we both would’ve left based on the fact I had to do none of this prior to walking in. The hostess asked my name & took me to my outdoor table. Again the food is mediocre. Waffles were good. But I’m done with this establishment. Won’t be returning

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and staff was amazing! Also took proper coronavirus precautions.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff was very nice and the food was solid and reasonably priced.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great service

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SavannahR
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Did a great job adapting to COVID protocols, and the patio was lovely. Food is good, but overpriced for nothing special. Service wasn't great, but I think it was just our server.

Weekend menu was disappointing, but the brunch menu looked amazing.

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vipKENNETHK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a good overall experience. But no coffee available at brunch?

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CMayaT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was denied service when I sat down. First it was they don’t take ID on the phone then they didn’t take broken IDs. Then they denied food service and drink service in all.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

There was hair in my food. Good service, good food, but yeah... multiple hairs in my food. Yuck

RJ
RaynaJ
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

VERY GREAT, COMFORTABLE, LOVING, AWESOME, PLEASANT, AN WONDERFUL!! OVERALL GREAT

MJ
vipMJonTravel
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy Scarlet Oak!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the first week of Phase I COVID opening and they did a great job! We really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Reasonable brunch spot for a nice Sunday date.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Scarlet Oak using the Order Online button. Scarlet Oak also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Scarlet Oak also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 780-0140.

Scarlet Oak is rated 4.4 stars by 564 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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