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The Avenue and Capital Crab

4.1
4.1
79 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
The Avenue & Capital Crab is a family-friendly neighborhood noshery serving fresh seafood and contemporary American cuisine by Chef Paul Madrid in an exposed brick casual setting. We offer elevated American fare, fresh local seafood, and the biggest & best crabs the Chesapeake Bay has to offer; a full service bar; a beer list featuring local, American, and Belgian craft beers; and most important - a comfortable, fun atmosphere. Come early with the little ones or later for date-night buffoonery, dine al fresco with your pooch on the front patio, or crack some crabs on the newly tented crab deck out back. The Avenue & Capital Crab was honored by EaterDC with the #1 Burger in DC 2022. True to a neighborhood joint, the goal is to get to know each guest, treat them how we'd like to be treated, and have them back time and time again.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Burgers

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sat, Sun 11:00 am–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (202) 244-4567

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Paul Madrid

  • Private party facilities

    We offer both private and semi-private event spaces to host everything from birthday parties and book clubs to wedding receptions and anniversary dinners.

  • Neighborhood

    Van Ness

  • Cross street

    McKinley St & Morrison St. 3 blocks South of Chevy Chase Circle

  • Parking details

    The Avenue provides parking behind the building in the joint lot for the businesses on the block. This lot can be accessed via Morrison or McKinley Streets NW.

  • Public transit

    10 minute walk from Friendship Heights Metro on the Red Line

  • Entertainment

    Wednesdays - 1/2 price bottles of wineThursdays & Fridays - LIVE music

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 79 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. TF

    TishaF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would highly recommend the Avenue. From the moment we walked in, the staff was pleasant, accommodating and relaxed. I had the best crabs I’ve ever had and I’ve lived in the area for 50 years!
  2. J

    Jfk66

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Our crab dip was good, though the accompanying bread was very weird and soft. It was good but odd. My cobb salad was a little sparse in the ingredients such as blue cheese and chicken, though I think my friend liked her fish sandwich and the french fries were very good. The restaurant on a Saturday night was pretty empty though the bar was quite lively. The restaurant seemed a bit worn down.
  3. KW

    KakealW

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall we had a very good experience. Our waitress was awesome. We came specifically for the all you can eat crab experience: however, it was explained to us that there was a few crab events earlier thus limiting the supply. We were a little disappointed as we really wanted to try the crabs and there was seven of us, but we understood. Overall the food was great and so were the drinks. We will return, and I will trying calling before to ensure there will be crabs next time.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff was the best - congenial, efficient, professional yet friendly.
  5. KG

    KarenG

    Miami

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was good, but the service was a little slow. I loved the ambience and the food as well.
  6. DC

    foodiesfromDC

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Went on a Wednesday and it happened to be 1/2 price bottles of wine! Cocktails were very good, loved the crushed ice. Food was just OK. Caprese salad was made with grape/pearl tomaotes which I thought was odd, burrata was fresh. I had crabcake sandwich which was nothing special, pan seared but the crab seemed that it was pulled apart too much, the patty was very dense, no jumbo lump--seemed like a crab cake you'd get in the middle of Februrary, not 2nd week of August. Tuna tartare appetizer proportion of tuna to avacado was off--it was about 1/3 tuna, and 2/3 avacado--could have been called "avacado tartar". Spinach/artichoke dip lacked somehting...really no flavor. Overall, everything was ok, not in a situation where we felt anything should be sent back, just thought it could been a little bit better.
  7. g

    glenn66dc

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Unfortunately, we did not have a great experience at this new neighborhood joint. Both the crab cake and the shrimp po boy were pretty terrible, despite seeming to be specialities of the house. Both the host and the server were very nice and folks seemed like they were trying but the poor food couldn't be overcome. My parents had a pretty average burger and we also had a caprese salad that was a little too wet. Sorry to say that if the kinks aren't worked out we probably won't be back.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great burger. Nice service. Overall fresh good tasting food.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed it. Nice outdoor patio. Good salads. Neighborhood restaurant. First time, but will be back.
  10. T

    Todolm

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2019

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    The menu has changed since the restaurant first opened and is a big improvement. The Santa Fe BBQ Chicken salad is delicious! Staff is friendly, but there are not enough servers. Tough to get water refilled, questions answered. It's a good place for Sunday brunch. Nice addition to the 'hood.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Very slow service
  12. KL

    KLoDC

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very good. From choices to preparation to taste.... It's a great neighborhood restaurant and bar to at which to meet friends. The Avenue is also a place to venture to to try a new spot that will become a regular stop.
  13. MM

    MyeshaM

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Very good service and good food.
  14. m

    michelines22

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the service was spectacular. I cant wait to go back and try more items off the menu!
  15. AH

    AllanH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Pricey bar food. If you are looking to go to a basic bar/lounge area to watch a game on TV or play a game then this place is for you. We went for dinner and found the food ok but pricey for what you get. Sat downstairs because the upstairs had live music and was too loud to have a conversation.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2019

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Easy meal for my family of 5 (3 kids under 6) to enjoy and sit outside. Thursday night live music was a nice touch. Pretty good meal too.
  17. AK

    AniaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    good drink specials and good food! The bar was cozy and the staff very nice.
  18. M

    Mirmar

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    As usual, the food was very good. After a little time, the staff was accommodating and found us a quieter table. That was much appreciated.
  19. NB

    NormB

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We've been there twice, for dinner and now brunch. The food is fresh and a bit unusual -- what appears to be a multi-grain wheat for toast, moist and simply seasoned hash browns, maple sausage. They seem to work at finding innovative though simple preparations and presentations, while avoiding over the top creations that too often don't work. The dinner we enjoyed was on a weekend, when families accounted for probably a third of the tables -- a bit noisy as you'd expect in a small space, but with a friendly neighborhood feel. The Avenue is our best find in the last couple years.
  20. B

    Bene

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2018

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The Avenue is very nice--the menu has a diverse array of options. We had the vegetarian sandwich.
  21. j

    jgoodman888

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service and food at a reasonable price - This was first time we had visited, before movie at Avalon. The ribs, pulled pork sandwich and fried chicken sandwiches were very tasty. Even the green beans were fresh and not overcooked. We'll definitely be back.
  22. R

    Ruthie

    Washington DC

    94 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2018

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We came here after a movie at the Avalon. The atmosphere is fun--bustling and homey but nice enough for a date night out. Food is good; I wouldn't say great--a very good value though. I had the mac and cheese--cooked to perfection but not cheesy enough--and a house side salad which was pretty boring, just mixed leafy greens and some shredded carrots and 1 or 2 croutons and a dash of balsamic vinaigrette. Service was very good, and the manager (I presume) stopped by our table to see how everything was--she was very friendly and welcoming. We'll return when we're in the area again and will try something else on the menu. I think I'd prefer to pay a few dollars more in exchange for higher quality food, though
  23. SB

    SusanB

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    They easily accommodated our crowd of 10 and were very friendly. The menu had a range of items to satisfy our range of diets.
  24. JC

    JenniferC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food, service and ambiance! The Avenue never disappoints!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2018

    overall1food3service1ambience5
    They gave away our reservation and me and my kids had to sit at the bar for my birthday lunch.
  26. OT

    OpenTableOpenMind

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2018

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    As a first time visitor and neighbor, I was excited to try the Avenue after its very long roll out (too many attempts speaking to an opening without actually opening). The food was great and the service was good. While there was a demand for seating, it was not problematic getting a reservation which was a huge plus. This is a relatively small space so manage accordingly, particularly since it seems that every seating area is designed for a foursome which could prove to be awkward for a couple. The decor was interesting and looked attractive, however, the seats and tables were not comfortable. The seats were too low for the high top tables, the chairs were too heavy to move easily, there was no place for one’s feet (when seated on the director’s chair stools). I was excited and had high hopes, but felt a little underwhelmed. I will go back, but I doubt it will be my first choice in the neighborhood.
  27. TY

    TimY

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2018

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Appetizer served at same time as entrees despite prior guidance. Two shrimp scampi entrees served 10 minutes after other entrees. Had to send steak back bc it was cooked rare not medium rare. No apology from server. And no comp food. Even charged us for birthday dessert. Unbelievable.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly service and atmosphere. Excellent sandwiches and crab cakes.
  29. TJ

    TomJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2018

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Good food for the most part. Somewhat expensive. Excellent hamburger, good Pork dip sandwich, baby back ribs not so good/dry. Good apple crumble dessert. VERY LOUD.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love you guys!
  31. 2

    21veka

    Washington DC

    85 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice new addition to the Chevy Chase neighborhood. Contemporary sports bar setting. Good salads and burgers. Brunch on Sundays only however.
  32. m

    michelines22

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The crab-cakes are AMAZING! They know what they are doing when it comes to good food.
  33. K

    Kath

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2018

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Mahi mahi salad was light on ingredients listed in menu except for lettuce plus the piece of fish was small. But most annoying was that we asked to be seated at window table, were told it was reserved for a party of four, and then it was soon given to a couple. Poor hostess management of space and requests.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a lovely dinner here with my mom and the food and service were great. We were lucky to get an outside seat and thoroughly enjoyed it. She had the steak salad and I had the mahi salad and both were delish.
  35. NL

    NotaLoveFest

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2018

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    I really wanted to love The Avenue as I live in the area and we are in need of some new dining establishments. First, the positives: The staff was welcoming and friendly and very accommodating. We were there on a Thursday evening around 7:30 and it was pretty empty; so noise level is hard to gauge, but it was quiet that night. Our server was attentive, informative and accommodating. At her suggestion I ordered the Pork dip sandwich with a side salad. I asked if it were Pork tenderloin or Pork loin and she (incorrectly) said it was tenderloin. What I received was a roll filled with minimal pork and literally 80% fat. I sent it back and she agreed it was fatty (why no one bothered to notice as it came out of the kitchen is a problem for me). They brought out another version which was overcooked but very lean pork...overall, tasteless and not good. Two people ordered the avocado salad and asked for chicken with it and loved their meal. Another ordered the crabcake sandwich and was not thrilled; but didn't want to have to figure out what else to order. Two others ordered steaks and seemed very satisfied. We also were underwhelmed by the red wine selection...I mean how do you put a terrible Malbec on a menu? Food is meh. Can't imagine the chaos that must ensue on a busy night. I felt terrible because it was my suggestion that brought 6 of us to The Avenue...oh well.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    World Cup! Lovely time.
  37. AN

    ANDC

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2018

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Second time there, even worse than the first. Given the same odd table where all are seated Last-Supper-style. Served a wine that tasted so off that I asked the server to try it; she claimed it was fine. It was not fine. Food was not forthcoming after 40 min of waiting. Had to ask for the bill before the food came as we had a show to get to. Will not be back unless there is evidence of a radical change in mgmt.
  38. LA

    LauraA

    Washington DC

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Took family before a movie. Nice ambiance. They will learn that chairs need cushions, wait staff needs more training (not adept at taking order, revisiting table to assess needs, fill water etc). Food is very nice and well priced. Issue is that it took a full 45 minutes for the food to come after ordering. That’s just too long with out an explanation or apology. It took what should have been a nice casual family dinner and made it uncomfortable as we grew impatient and hungry. Hopefully they can fix this problem. I agree with others who have noted that staff socializes around bar together— doesn’t give a professional appearance and when food do delayed makes it seem like less focus on diners than there should be.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Avenue was awesome! Sat inside but right by the open door patio so had the feeling of both. The crab cakes were spot on and the service was impeccable. Brought all three of our kids ranging age from 4 - 9 so definitely kid-friendly. Highly recommend!
  40. G

    Gardengirl

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Decent food, and close to the Avalon Theatre. Avoid the seating on the tables with high bar stools -- very uncomfortable.

FAQs

The Avenue and Capital Crab is rated 4.1 stars by 79 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for The Avenue and Capital Crab

5540 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015

Additional information

  • Cross street

    McKinley St & Morrison St. 3 blocks South of Chevy Chase Circle

  • Neighborhood

    Van Ness

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–1:00 am Sat, Sun 11:00 am–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Burgers

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    The Avenue provides parking behind the building in the joint lot for the businesses on the block. This lot can be accessed via Morrison or McKinley Streets NW.

  • Public transit

    10 minute walk from Friendship Heights Metro on the Red Line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Paul Madrid

  • Entertainment

    Wednesdays - 1/2 price bottles of wineThursdays & Fridays - LIVE music

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 244-4567

  • Private party facilities

    We offer both private and semi-private event spaces to host everything from birthday parties and book clubs to wedding receptions and anniversary dinners.

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