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Sixth Engine Restaurant, Washington, DC
Sixth Engine Restaurant, Washington, DC
Sixth Engine Restaurant, Washington, DC
Sixth Engine Restaurant, Washington, DC
Sixth Engine Restaurant, Washington, DC

Sixth Engine Restaurant

4.3
4.3
637 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
A contemporary American restaurant set in D.C.'s 1st firehouse, Sixth Engine uses classic techniques to produce comfort foods with a touch of refinement while providing polished service in a comfortable setting.

We have three different dining areas. While we do our best to accommodate requests for specific areas, we can not always guarantee availability. Due to the unpredictability of the weather, we do not accept reservation for the patio, which we seat on a first come for served basis. Please feel free to call the restaurant if you require a specific location, and we will do our best to meet your needs.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 4:30 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 506-2455
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Kyle Bailey
  • Private party facilities
    Located in Mt. Vernon Triangle, Sixth Engine is in close proximity to both the Convention Center and the Verizon Center, in addition to multiple metro lines. Sixth Engine combines modern interpretations of classic American fare, nestled in the historic ambiance of DC's oldest firehouse.
  • Private party contact
    Jeremy Carman: (202) 506-2455
  • Neighborhood
    Mount Vernon Square
  • Cross street
    Between 4th and 5th
  • Parking details
    Sixth Engine recommends parking at the Franklin Parking Lot located<br />at 901 5th Street, NW, just a half of a block west from Sixth Engine on the corner of 5th and I Streets.
  • Public transit
    We are located equidistant between Gallery Place, Judiciary Square, and Union Station on the Red Line.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 637 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 2.1Value

NoiseEnergetic

637 Reviews
  1. DanO

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good but not great. There were a number of other issues. The online menu listed cauliflower soup - but our server said they do not serve that anymore - and that the website is out of date. We arrived before 6 pm, but they had already sold out of the only fish dish on the menu - causing some difficulty for a person in our party who does not care to eat meat. Next, they brought out hot tea without a spoon. When we asked for a straw for a soft drink, we were told they do not have straws. Seems to be plenty of room for improvement.

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  2. James

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant was great. We were in town for an annual convention and make Sixth Engine our "go-to" spot at least once during the weekend. Food and service were terrific. Only complaint was a loud party at the bar, who were singing (loudly and poorly) to the music being played over the speaker system. We complained to the server and she immediately informed the manager. Thankfully, after a bit longer of the "America's Got No Talent" performance, it quieted down. This won't stop us from enjoying the fantastic food and wine selection. We'll be back next year for sure!

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  3. Yummy007

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the eggs Benedict and it was delicious! The hash browns were also amazing! We had the best server, Moe, who was funny and very attentive. We did the bottomless mimosas and we had a great end to our girls weekend in DC! Would definitely come back! Only complaint would be that my friends salad was kinda bland and slightly wilted. Overall good experience though!

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  4. patriciaM

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    My waitress was fantastic! The drinks were a great value and tasty! The food was nothing to write home about. They did not use a "planchar" to make the "Cubano" sandwich! The omelet was just an omelet.

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  5. LuciaH

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful rockfish over beets (still chewy!) and leeks--very interesting and tasty combination. My husband had filet, which he said was tender and delicious, served with mashed potatoes. We started with a half dozen of plump and briny oysters from the Rappahanock.

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  6. luvjazz60

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Was pleasantly surprised -- this was my first time here and the food was VERY good.

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  7. ElainaO

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. Have dined at Sixth Engine at least 5 times and everything from the food to the service is always great. Love the atmosphere and music too!

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  8. nr1234

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was okay nothing to write home about. It was extremely loud in the restaurant. Initially service was good, but once we ordered dessert, it went downhill. We waited almost 20 minutes to get dessert and finally had to cancel it. The bill came with the dessert added which we then had to get corrected.

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  9. BrunchLover

    Dallas

    64 reviews

    3.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I’ve been to Sixth Engine several times for brunch and have had great experiences. The dining experience was not the best overall experience both because of the food and service. We were seated downstairs in the bar area which was not great because the bartender took care of our table, was busy with the bar, and was extremely slow with our service. We ended up skipping dessert and going to another restaurant because the service was so slow. As for the food, it was a bit bland and the portions were small. Sides are not included with entrees, so the dining experience quickly added up for a not so great experience.

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  10. MarcyB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    We did not realize that this place is basically a bar with what was touted to be good food. It was very noisy, but it was a bar, so as soon as we walked in I knew it would be. Because we were trying to get to a show, we decided to stay. Our waitress was wonderful! That is the last good thing I have to say. My sister and I both ordered the soup, which was supposed to be hot, and was cold. We also both ordered the pork goulash which sounded delicious. For $28 I expected a better meal. It was served in a cast-iron griddle (nice touch) but was a plate of cheese grits with six pieces of pork, four of which were entirely fat, and four small pieces of potato. It was not in a gravy, as goulash usually is, but rather had a red sauce drizzled over the top. To top it all off, even our coffee had grounds in the mug and was weak. I don't know if it was a bad night for them, but we won't be giving them a second chance.

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FAQs

Sixth Engine Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 506-2455.

Sixth Engine Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 637 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Sixth Engine Restaurant

438 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between 4th and 5th
  • Neighborhood
    Mount Vernon Square
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 4:30 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Sixth Engine recommends parking at the Franklin Parking Lot located<br />at 901 5th Street, NW, just a half of a block west from Sixth Engine on the corner of 5th and I Streets.
  • Public transit
    We are located equidistant between Gallery Place, Judiciary Square, and Union Station on the Red Line.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Kyle Bailey
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 506-2455
  • Private party facilities
    Located in Mt. Vernon Triangle, Sixth Engine is in close proximity to both the Convention Center and the Verizon Center, in addition to multiple metro lines. Sixth Engine combines modern interpretations of classic American fare, nestled in the historic ambiance of DC's oldest firehouse.
  • Private party contact
    Jeremy Carman: (202) 506-2455
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