The Grill

4.5
477 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Chef Roberto Santibañez presents a new American menu focused on Woodfired cooking, with an emphasis on steak, seafood and vegetarian fare. His Mexican roots and French training lend an inspired touch to the American table.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 477 people are saying
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Itzabitz
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in the door we felt welcome! Everyone made us feel welcome, they were super friendly, it was by far the best experience at a restaurant we have ever been to. Now the food! So good! My husband and I had the Thanksgiving menu while our children all ordered from the regular menu. Everything was amazing. We never felt rushed. We definitely will be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Demitrius was wonderful. Pleasant person. Knowledgeable about the menu. Made wonderful suggestions. We’ll be back!

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HaizeL
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Lunch here while in town. Food was wonderful and service great. Good vibe. I enjoyed dining here!

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MelanieR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Absolutely horrible food. Incredibly over salted.

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Fabfive
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was exceptional. Good and drinks were great! No one left a drop of food on their plate.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a great happy hour. I recommend the Grill Punch and Grill Burger.

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MonicaW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was SO GOOD!!! I wish I’d taken a photo of my beautiful salad the calamari and that DELICIOUS grilled pineapple cake! Our waitress was very sweet also.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 dining experience. Great addition to the area

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TyraJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is so nice and romantic. It's the perfect date night location.

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BradB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’ll keep it short and sweet. Good food, great service, and good atmosphere. The manager was great to speak to and was able to accommodate to our needs for the night.

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henryb
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Some people love a noisy restaurant, but those at our table found it overwhelming and not conducive to discourse. Service was outstanding.

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MaryP
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Decent meal. Very good mussels and Brussel sprouts. Steaks were not very flavorful and are overly priced. Convenient location near anthem. Would come again.

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Katy
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour and main menu have delicious food; penned-in outdoor seating provided temperature control and also a great view with a little bit of airflow.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service

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HessaA
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Everything from the experience was positive from the minute we entered they mentioned that we are celebrate a birthday from our reservation, The food was portions and really delicious. They even had a complementary birthday treat

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I rarely leave comments on my experiences at restaurants but I have to share that the original hostess (a taller woman) made my wife and I a little uncomfortable. Her demeanor wasn’t very welcoming but another hostess came over found our reservation and promptly seated us. Our server was amazing and the brunch was delicious. Overall, this was a great brunch experience.

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ElviraR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food, large portions. Great service - friendly and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my daughter out for a date night and we had a wonderful time.

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vipLoveFood
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the dishes we had were extraordinary, and will definitely return! Our server was delightful and offered great suggestions.

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ChrisD
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved the food and the service. Beautiful location, wish we had requested a water view. Steaks to rival Bisteca alla Fiorentino in Florence, Italy. Tender, flavorful, perfectly-cooked, aged to perfection. Amazing sides including creamed spinach with a touch of cayenne, and eggplant. Seafood fabulous as well. We sampled the crudo and calamari appetizers and the branzino. Our server was superb with helpful suggestions about the menu and excellent attentiveness. A wonderful evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and staff were amazing! We will definitely be back

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vipgood2beout
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my son’s birthday mid afternoon last Sunday. It was a great choice for a celebration meal, the food was great, drinks were great, service was great, and loved the ambiance.

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TraceyC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The steaks were cooked to perfection…probably best we’ve ever had! Chocolate cake was unbelievable. Staff was attentive, professional and helpful. Loved the whole experience.

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Zed2
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my Open Table reservation, I alerted the staff that it was our anniversary and requested a table with a view or a little privacy. On arrival, every member of staff wished us a happy anniversary and the two of us were seated next to the wall at a four seat table for the requested privacy. Food was outstanding and the staff were superb. Complimentary champagne at the end of our meal was a lovely touch. Thank you and well done!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I needed more space between me and the other diners. I felt crowded and could hear their conversation.

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CaliGirl
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had a great time sitting outside for brunch. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Drinks were delish ambiance on point. Food was ok. So sad they were out of the pineapple upside down cake. So I’ll be back for that

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JenniferB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was outstanding. Saw an old friend for the first time in a few years and we were there over 2 hours. No one rushed us, service was attentive yet subtle. Planning another date w a friend soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and delicious food.

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caryns
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic evening out to celebrate a big birthday! Looking forward to returning for another special occasion!

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vipSteveM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The food was OK, good enough for the price if not spectacular. There were 3 desserts on the menu and two were run out, so choice of one dessert was dissapointing

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vipJTnyc
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food. Lovely sunset view on a warm fall evening.

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vipReallyopentable
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

What the heck Open Table...maybe an off night, but this place was a mess. From the moment we sat down, drink orders were wrong, appetizer orders were wrong, and then food orders were wrong...seriously, write it freaking down dude!

Other fun mishaps, teaspoons for soup (ran out of spoons), extra anchovies when no anchovies requested, completely burned steak, botched Caesar salad (so lemony it was unedible), pasta was crunchy undercooked, and $40 glass of wine with floating bits in it.

On the plus, the crudo, and vegetable sides (sweet potato and squash) were excellent.

Service- guy gave the appearance of trying and yet everything was wrong...restaurant added 20% automatically (party of 4), which was ultimate insult.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Managers were amazing. Girl at front was very stern about the mask, just a heads up. 12/10 food. Will be coming back many times!!

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Ellen
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lunched at The Grill, outside, with a dear friend who was visiting from Vermont. She's a vegetarian, so I'm careful to choose places that have delicious veg options. The Grill did not disappoint! We split a roasted vegetable entrée and two sides: roasted yams/sweet potatoes and an eggplant and olive salad. They were all absolutely fantastic -- imaginative (the roasted veg had dried cherries and pickled cauliflower mixed in with them, a combo we never would have thought of, and plan to try ourselves), and so good we probably overate. Kudos! The Grill is now my favorite place at the Wharf, and I'm a resident, not a tourist. (Not that there's anything wrong with being a tourist! :) Oh, and the coffee was outstanding, too.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Took about 25minutes to seat us which was disappointing given we had two hungry kids. The food was great though.

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vipAmanda
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here. Literally one of my favorite restaurants in the Wharf.

A must-have.

Excellent service.

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Jeff
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My fiance and I really enjoyed our time here. We made reservations and it was well worth it. The staff was awesome, food was delicious and the vibe was spectacular. The food came out in great timing as well. From the location, to the vibe, to the food, I highly recommend for anyone in the "Wharf" or DC area to check this spot out. You definitely will NOT regret it!!! We can't wait to come back

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CrystalS