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The Grill, SW Washington District of Columbia, DC

The Grill

4.5
4.5
910 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 71 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Grill, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 916-5996 ext. 9

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    David Suarez

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a variety of ways to create an experience to remember. Whether you’re hosting a wedding, baby shower, bachelorette party, offsite luncheon, business presentation with full AV or simply a celebration to remember, we welcome you to learn more. Our semi-private spaces allow our guests to create cocktail reception, family style and pre-fixe menus for lunch, brunch or dinner. Our flexible space was designed with entertaining in mind, and we have several options to fit your personal style and budget. Our Events Department is waiting to assist you in creating an unforgettable event.

  • Neighborhood

    Southwest Waterfront

  • Cross street

    Market Sq SW & Wharf St SW

  • Parking details

    Paid underground public parking is offered at the Wharf. You may enter the parking garage at the Maine Avenue entrance just east of 9th Street at CVS or at the hotel check-in area of Hyatt House where 7th Street meets Maine Avenue.

  • Public transit

    We are a short walk from L’Enfant Plaza and Waterfront Metro stops. Shuttle service is available between L’Enfant Plaza and The Wharf. We are on the waterfront size of the 1000 Maine Ave building.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 910 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. s

    sld5

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined today

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A nice place on the Wharf with a kind and knowledgeable server. Food was good, but not necessarily matching the price.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my 52nd bday! It was wonderful
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the service, great food!
  4. j

    jclevehts

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    OK- nice spot and good service. But it is a steakhouse short and simple. Big expensive steaks and sides. The menu apart from that is paltry. Just know what you are getting
  5. FT

    FarmtoTableFoodie

    Washington DC

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a delicious lunch at The Grill. Luxurious atmosphere with well-spaced tables and attentive service. The scallops with cauliflower purée and mushrooms were perfectly cooked and a generous portion. The iced tea ice cubes in my Arnold Palmer were a refreshing delight!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Came here for my 25th bday. My server Brandon W was wonderful. Patient and helpful, 10/10. The shrimp cocktail was disrespectful, $22 for 6 shrimp, sliced avocado, and a pour of cocktail sauce …. It’s a cocktail bar why would their shrimp cocktail not be in a cocktail glass. But the service made up for it so no complaints forreal. It’s a little pricy but that’s to be expected (that shrimp cocktail was a surprise tho lmao)
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are looking for a cute little chill place to go to with your friends or partner, I highly recommend, 10/10 for the food and service!!! Went with my friend this weekend and we were not disappointed! For reference we had the calamari, the crab cake (appetizers), the chicken caesar salad, and the ribeye. We also had lemon drops for drinks!
  8. JL

    JulienL

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great value for your buck. Especially during the Restaurant Week. Great wine list, in particular if you look for French wine.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was phenomenal, ambiance amazing
  10. AL

    ALoDavis

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service is impeccable, from the host area to the visit by the GM. We arrive 45 minutes early for our reservation as we finished early with our plans in the immediate area. The host found it unreasonable to seat us early for which I was thankful for. The food came out timely, however, the apps came out at the same time as the salads; given that it's restaurant week, I understand the restaurant was executing on a high volume level. The main entree was perfect in temperature, however, the ribeye on the featured Restaurant Week entree was rather fatty and had a lot of tendons running through the steak. We did order a skirt steak in addition to our dinner which was cooked perfectly and tender. The Upside Down Pineapple cake was fantastic as I would recommend to everyone visiting. I would definitely come back.
  11. g

    getureaton

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Food was delish! Drinks were were top notch.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was absolutely delicious
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are in town for my daughters bday weekend. Her bday isn’t until tomorrow- but the waiter overheard us talking about it and made it point to put a candle on her dessert. So sweet! Amazing food. Fabulous service.
  14. s

    steaklover18

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Nancy was amazing and very attentive. She was very helpful in accommodating one of our requests. The food was delicious.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Customer service was wonderful and the food was great. We went on restaurant week. It was our first time . We will definitely be back.
  16. CF

    CheriseFB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is consistently good at this place. It was very busy, but we felt well tended to. I always recommend this place!
  17. JV

    JordanV

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Service! Loved all the food
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely brunch/lunch
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Good experience but far overpriced for dinner and drinks.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiting was wonderful!! Made my birthday so special!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Was a great spot in the Wharf for a business lunch. Our waiter, Kwakou was very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu.
  22. Y

    Yeah

    Washington DC

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love coming here for special occasions - service and food are great!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    It was noisy and crowded and the seating was uncomfortable.
  24. DF

    DFWashDC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    The heated patio was cold as F and they did not give us a heads up. No modification to the “signature” drinks…our modification was asking for a martini to be dirty.

    The GrillResponded on January 22, 2023Dear DFWashDC, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. I'm sorry to hear that we did not communicate fully with you and your guests about our seating. Please note, we have a full martini menu where you can build it your way with over 100 bottles of Vodka and Gin! Upon your next visit please have fun and create your martini your way! Best wishes, Joe-Jo Jennings Guest Relations Manager

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great choice!
  26. S

    Stuart

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience at the Grill on the Wharf in SW. The staff is so well trained, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Gluten free items are all marked as such. If there is any question about ingredients or allergies the waitperson will ask the chef. There is a Happy Hour at the bar only. The Caesar salad was enough for two to split The burger was prepared to perfection. The ribs were moist and meaty We had no room for dessert. I would recommend and plan to return.
  27. AH

    AngelaH

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant on The Wharf. I always get the carmalized onion dip and The Grill Punch to start off with.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Husband, son, and I went here for New Year’s Eve at the recommendation of Yelp. Given that we were visiting the DC area on vacation, we weren’t too privy to all the good restaurants in the area. We had been at the Wharf the day before (and had lunch at Hank’s—I liked that place a little better), so we had already seen this location. Our reservation was at 9:45p, and we arrived at approximately 9:15pm. We were told our table wasn’t quite ready (which was understandable), and were asked for our cell #. We were sat down at around 9:40. My husband had the NY Strip, he said it was good, but there was a smoky flavor to it that he could have done without. My son’s medium-well filet minion was just okay, and he left about half of it. I had the Branzino, and that was good. So, why the 4 stars? It was close to $400 (this included the up front 20% gratuity they advertise before they take your order) for three meat or fish entrees, 3 sides, and 3 alcoholic drinks. This wasn’t Morton’s or Ruth Chris’s, therefore, it was not a very great value for the quality of food we received. The grill cook kept putting something in his mouth while he grilled, not sure if he was having his dinner while he grilled, or as my husband jokingly stated, he might have been trying out our entrees to ensure they were properly cooked. The pluses were the decent customer service we obtained from our waitress, and the fact they handed us hats, noise makers, and about a finger of Prosecco each, to await the new year. We did notice that people who arrived way after us (for only drinks at the bar), all were given hats, necklaces, and noisemakers, before we were handed ours. We were asked which we wanted, instead of being handed the same things the folks at the bar were offered. All in all, we don’t believe we’d make this kind of expense (at least not while in this economy), anytime soon. The experience was simply ok.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    New Year’s
  30. TR

    TRWDC

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great service. Staff was above and beyond.
  31. J

    John

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely fabulous food. Service was incredible. They even gave us a congratulatory glass of champagne. Highly recommend. And the steak was perfect. 👏
  32. BT

    Bday2forgeT

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dined here for New Year's Eve and was not sure if we made a mistake since this was our first time dining at this restaurant. Well, I am glad we made this choice "The Grill" for our New Year's Eve restaurant. The service and food was outstanding and the staff went above and beyond to please every guess. We will definitely be dining here again.
  33. m

    murf

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Dish dropped and cracked noise, salty food even when the server answered to make no salt food for my baby. 20% gravity mandated and optional to pay tip additionally.
  34. CW

    CherylW

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A little pricey but food and service was terrific.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our anniversary! It was a great night! We each had 2 drinks and split the tomahawk steak! Was great!!
  36. RO

    RobinO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Great atmosphere for a date night!
  37. s

    seegals

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brandon provided great service! Food and drinks were awesome.
  38. DB

    DonnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Grill never disappoints! Delicious food and beautiful ambiance.
  39. S

    Sparkling1

    Washington DC

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place! Went for Christmas dinner and everything was great. The servers were attentive and pleasant. We were able to access the pre fixe menu as well as the full menu. All of the food was properly seasoned and cooked to specifications. Great place for a group dinner.
  40. S

    Shaun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Grill provides an outstanding dining experience at a great price. Their steak definitely stands out far above their peers.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Grill using the Order Online button. The Grill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 916-5996 ext. 9.

The Grill is rated 4.5 stars by 910 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 71 times today
Google Map for The Grill

99 Market Sq, SW Washington District of Columbia, DC 20024-3441

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Market Sq SW & Wharf St SW

  • Neighborhood

    Southwest Waterfront

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Grill, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Paid underground public parking is offered at the Wharf. You may enter the parking garage at the Maine Avenue entrance just east of 9th Street at CVS or at the hotel check-in area of Hyatt House where 7th Street meets Maine Avenue.

  • Public transit

    We are a short walk from L’Enfant Plaza and Waterfront Metro stops. Shuttle service is available between L’Enfant Plaza and The Wharf. We are on the waterfront size of the 1000 Maine Ave building.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    David Suarez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 916-5996 ext. 9

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a variety of ways to create an experience to remember. Whether you’re hosting a wedding, baby shower, bachelorette party, offsite luncheon, business presentation with full AV or simply a celebration to remember, we welcome you to learn more. Our semi-private spaces allow our guests to create cocktail reception, family style and pre-fixe menus for lunch, brunch or dinner. Our flexible space was designed with entertaining in mind, and we have several options to fit your personal style and budget. Our Events Department is waiting to assist you in creating an unforgettable event.

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