The Oval Room

4.6
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2529 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
The Oval Room is a critically acclaimed restaurant serving modern American cuisine. Located steps from “The Oval Office,” a virtual “Who’s Who” of Washington politicians and media dine here; that is why The Oval Room is one of Washington’s Power Restaurants. Its seasonal contemporary American cuisine has charmed critics & connoisseurs alike. USA Today said The Oval Room's flower-bedecked patio is one of the best outdoor dining experiences in the United States. Executive Chef Bryan Moscatello and his team are serving some incredible, seasonal dishes and would love to see you at The Oval Room soon!
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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AnyiA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service and great food!!!

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vipKing
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very nice evening except for a rather vocal adjacent table.

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DFXP
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way!!

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vipKMG777
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food, lovely presentation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Key West
35 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant experience all the way around. Some of the best, perfectly prepared food that I’ve had at a restaurant in a while.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Decent overall experience, nothing to write home about.

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vipkrkm
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So many good things about this place: Superior service. Adnan is wonderful but so is every person on the staff. I love that you can have a private conversation at Oval -- tables are not "zero-lot-line" as often happens. Menu is small but beautiful -- always fresh, always unique options, wonderful array of healthy choices.

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vip3CAGpABN
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I try to dine at the Oval Room each time I visit DC (I lived there 46 years and now in Florida). This recent visit was excellent, as usual. The waiter was good-humored, knowledgeable, and efficient. The Maitre 'd helpful with the extensive wine list. A pet peeve of mine: it is nice to find a wine list with reasonably-priced quality wines as well as more expensive ones.

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

Very good and quiet

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marywilhelm61
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant. The food was incredible. Deceived on a tasting menu paired with wine. It was wonderful. The service was very good - a few times the food cane out after the wine and vice versa. But all and all a wonderful evening dining before the ballet.

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vipAnthonyM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The entrees were cold. Lobster was undercooked (which is hard to do!) and tough.

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Jordan
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant on planet Earth.

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vipKarlH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, provided in a classy and quiet environment. A dining room where conversation and dinner can mix! Nice.

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JudithR
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The prix fixe lunch menu at $35 was very good value and the food was delicious with a good choice. Service was attentive without being overbearing and it was great to go to a restaurant where you could have a conversation without raising your voice. Tables were nicely spaced too.

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vipLouismm
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and fantastic food. A jewel in DC

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vipADL2013
Charleston
164 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to The Oval Room for lunch alone. I had two beautiful, delicious dishes: salmon and octopus. Both were wonderful. Very nice, professional service too.

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Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and ambiance, but small portions for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Engaging staff, wonderful food

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KarenL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall, our experience and quality of food was fair for the price. The presentation was superb, very colorful and vibrant. However it didn't meet the visual expectation for the price. The Restaurant Week pricing was better suited for the quality.
The service was good but quick and awkward as we were sitting in a very quiet section of the restaurant, and we could literally hear everyone's conversations, even the servers. It felt like we were in an addition to the main dining area. Had we been sitting in what looked like the main dining area, the ambiance would have been better.
The wine selection was extensive and the Sommelier was very helpful. She helped us choose a very good wine but we later learned the price was marked up 6 times the retail price. The wine was good but not good enough to be over $100

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vipDCmuse08
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

In the Oval Room it is unfortunately possible to walk in and be assaulted, even in mid-January mid-week, by the noise of fifty conventioneers pressing toward the bar. Once one has followed the hostess and struggled through the throng, however, one enters a room of moderate distinction and near-calm by contemporary standards. Staff are exceptionally well-trained, as Washingtonians have learnt to expect in Mr. Bajaj's restaurants. Pacing was well-judged. Squash and lobster bisque and roast lamb were delicious, and the wine list full of interesting choices by the bottle, but rather pedestrian by the glass, a situation one may hope will be remedied by a new sommelière who came on board early January 2020. Expense-account prices are worth it for a special occasion.

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vipRobertM
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and unobtrusive service. The food was excellent. One of the few places one can dine and have a real conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was just okay. There wasn’t anything wrong with it, but nothing jumped out at me as something I couldn’t just make at home. The short rib was really good, but the lobster bisque was strangely sweet, and the passion fruit custard was almost unbearably bitter. The service was really good, however. Definitely worth using valet as well.

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OlgaC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

The locatuon of tables is too closer, but the good and service are good.

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CesarP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in town, the food, the attention and the drinks where amazing. A must go definitely.

Mejor restaurante de la ciudad sin duda alguna, la comida, las atenciones y los tragos fueron increíbles. Definitivamente un toque de queda en D.C.

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vipdinerps
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Never eaten here so thought I’d check it out during restaurant week. The service was professional if business like. The man who greets guests is efficient and unsmiling. If you just walked in to get a table, he can seem a bit intimidating. But understand this is more of a political dining spot do the regulars would not be turned off. My server got friendlier as my meal ended.

The menu options were good. My soup though was not as tasty as I’d hoped - lacked some seasoning- and the chicken breast was filling but again, not as unique or tasty as I was hoping given that Tom Sistema from the Washington Post said this was one of his top favorite restaurants. I guess even at a top restaurant, you need to know what to order. They’d run out of the pork dish so that might have been more to my liking. The dessert was very tasty however.

I will probably try this place another time. Oh, there’s a risk you will be seated next to loud foreign reps making a pitch for aid from the IFC, World Bank, or IMF for an hour.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

After reading nice things about The Oval Room in the Washington Post, we thought we would check it out during Restaurant Week. We went for lunch had a wonderful experience. The food was really excellent and the presentation lovely. Service was friendly and attentive. We will definitely return.

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vipTangowood
Washington DC
149 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went for Restaurant Week, which made the Oval Room a better value. The food was superb, and the service very good. Only drawback was I'd asked for a quiet table, and ours wasn't. There are two rooms, and the one to the right of the entrance might be quieter.

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viprnelliott
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food tastes even better than it looks. A special restaurant that continues to deliver after over 25 years.

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KatieH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch with excellent service, food, and cocktails.

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vipRich
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Better food than the Bombay Club, in fact, food here is equal to the fabulous Rasika. Came during restaurant week, and WILL return during the year, because we were so impressed with the excellent food. All three courses were delicious, not average or very good. No. Actually DELICIOUS. It is unusual to find a reasonably priced D.C. restaurant with EXCELLENT food, but we have found one here.

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vipBrandiT
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

There were three of us who ordered three different meals, and none of us were impressed with any parts of our meals. And to add to that, the service was extremely slow! It’s no reason why our lunch should have taken 2 hours! But my friend that was with me said, the time in between each course was a part of the experience...well it negatively impacted our experience. All three of us said we will not be back!

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SusanC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful as always! The Crispy Skin Branzino with pork belly, pomegranate, rosemary, and lentils Barigoule was exceptionally delicious. And I always love the passion fruit custard.

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vipanonymous33
Central Coast
61 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely dinner... delicious octopus! Service was wonderful.

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EileenC
Buckinghamshire
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The lunch was for my partner's birthday. The staff did wish him a h'birthday but we were a little surprised not to have a very small acknowledgement of that in the form of a small dessert or a glass of something as we have had in other restaurants. However, we will continue to return as the food is so special and the bar menu exceptional.

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judaline
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, very friendly and thoughtful service, comfortable environment - a lovely way to spend an evening! A great start to the new year.

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vipbrainy
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been going for years and have never been disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
Guadalajara
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente atención, servicio y comida.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Did the prix fixe Christmas Eve Dinner and it was wonderful. My only complaint is that of the three dessert dishes, there were no gluten free options, so my mom ended up with some anti-climactic sorbet for here dessert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
87 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful way to enjoy a Christmas eve dinner. Everything was outstanding - the food, the service, the ambience.

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JasonH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good food and good service - atmosphere similar to Equinox. The seating ranges from great window-side tables with a view to tables in a dark corner staring at a wall. Some great wines and some peppery wines bordering on undrinkable. There are better options in DC to consider in the same price range (Mirabelle, Plume, Prime).

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