The Oval Room

4.7
2330 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 463-8700
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Bryan Moscatello
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Cross street
H & I
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Parking details
$8.00 validation
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Public transit
Faragut West (Orange and Blue Lines); Faragut North (Red Line)
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The Oval Room is pleased to offer various private dining options which range from intimate private dinners to larger scale events, including cocktail receptions and office parties.

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What 2330 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Service was excellent. The food was very good. The desserts were especially good and creative. The ambiance was also very nice. The waiter even put a candle on my friend's dessert for his birthday! Overall a very good experience.

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N
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Oval Room is an experience. The service is excellent. They are attentive and responsive to questions and special requests. The menu is a little quirky and some dishes are a little busy, so if you are a straight meat or fish and potatoes person this isn't for you.

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GS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent. Absolutely lovely, creative and delicious!

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GS
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Comfy and elegant setting. Efficient service. Inventive and well presented food.

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I
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I eat here regularly, but coming here during Restaurant Week is an especially great value. Their menu options are always imaginative and varied, and the dishes in RW are not "dumbed down" for the occasion. They use fresh and local ingredients in combinations and ways that we would not expect, and their innovations are usually successful and pleasantly surprising. As a non-meat eater, I can always find a variety of options here, so I will keep coming back. And considering the quality of the food, their prices (even outside RW) are an excellent value.

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l
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Oval Room does not disappoint. We had lunch there during a period when they had extended a portion of the Restaurant Week menu so got a particularly good value. The food was excellent and beautifully plated - with portions that were just right for lunch. The service was impeccable with the wait staff attentive but not hovering. It was a great lunch in an atmosphere conducive to a good conversation during the meal.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolute delight. Thanks for giving us a great evening!

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AR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Azuro took really good care of my dinning party! Great customer service

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C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food unusual & fairly tasty but my partner said his steak was overdone & not properly grilled. We were early so not many tables occupied, but many hovering wait staff seemed overdone too. I felt very watched and looked over; not a comfortable feeling.

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EM
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and professional service made for a fantastic evening!

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OD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

First-time diner during Restaurant Week. Great menu selections, food preparation, and presentation. Attentive service. Only drawback -- it took a long time for drinks to arrive from the bar. Otherwise wonderful evening. Will return.

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PP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience! Excellent service and great restaurant week menu. Very elegant room.

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JW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for restaurant week. Lots of choices on the luncheon menu. Service was outstanding.

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EP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great sevice
frim our server Adnan. The pate was delicious, as was the steak and
Peach dessert and my friends also
Enjoyed their selections. We had a terrific time and will certainly be back!

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GM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance of this restaurant was very inviting, the service excellent, and the food was presented beautifully and artistically. We would definitely recommend it to friends and hope to return again sometime soon.

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LL
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It my expectations of a DC establishment restaurant, and the fact that it welcomed patrons in comfortable, smart business, evening attire, not a stuffy place as some white linen restaurants can be.

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m
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner--great food, good wine, great cocktail. The service was well paced--we did not feel rushed, nor like we were sitting waiting on food or drinks for any significant amount of time. The waiters and servers were very professional, and made sure we were comfortable (including lowering a blind to keep the sun out of my face without being asked), at all times without being obtrusive. First class operation from start to finish. This was a repeat of an earlier visit, and both were memorable. We'll be back.

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c
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

This was the first time I went to Oval Room that I was disappointed in the quality of the food, in particular the chicken. It had no flavor, including the sauce and vegetables. I think (hope) it was just an off meal.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Restaurant week experience: ambience is classic, good for business meetings. Menu many choices- a mix of classic & creative takes on classic dishes - steak, salmon, roast chicken. Cocktails were average, we had a disappointing Martini and they did not replace the drink with another choice, even though we didn’t drink it. This was disappointing. Service was attentive, but a bit sterile, might be given the proximity to the White House. Overall - a good value, just not our top pick in DC.

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d
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for DC restaurant week for dinner and loved each course, all 3, service, waiter was excellent, and beautiful environment 👍👍👍

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RE
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Went for Restaurant Week and was first time eating at The Oval Room. Although my overall rating is not the highest, please don't let that keep you away. This is a good restaurant and I will go again. The chicken was very tasty and the chocolate cake was pretty spectacular. My friend has the grilled peaches for dessert which comes with peach sorbet - excellent (press you fingers to your mouth and blow a kiss like a fine Italian!). Service was good too and we did not feel rushed, but at the time we ate (5:30 pm) there was quite a bit of staff standing around near where were seated (probably their waiting area) and it felt like they were hovering. Put your fork down and someone swooped in to pick up the plate. Another oddity, ours was the only table without a table cloth. Just a weird thing I noticed. Waiter was charming (sorry I didn't get his name) and made us laugh.

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RJ
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Late lunch during restaurant week D.C. Food was great, service was great but the sound level was over the top.
It was so loud that is was impossible to have a normal conversation.
Noise level is my only complaint. Subsequently, I will not return.

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FD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I waited an extremely long time for a server to take my order, and hardly anyone was there. Took a long time for him to bring the wine list, too. Expected more from them.

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SR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gracious, attractive, easy, tasty and great for conversation

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent. Lovely time, attentive service. Everything met or exceeded our expectations

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AD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent attentive service from the moment you enter the restaurant till you leave. Hope them would bring back the Crème Brule though. That is a missing signature desert they have always had on the menu

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AN
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious restaurant in a great location. Worth visiting for a special occasion!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 star in very possible way... Will disappoint no one!

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V
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is clean and modern. Staff was friendly and helpful with answering our questions on the menu. All the food was great! My fiancé loved the trout dish so much he thinks it’s his favorite meal he has ever gotten!

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AR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing drinks, amazing time

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TC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for business lunch

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C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want a restaurant for consistently great food, innovative season-inspired menu, and a restaurant that you can actually hear others speak at your table. Always the most reliable place for a calm and delicious experience.

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LH
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff and service! Restaurant is small, intimate and lends itself very well to conversation. Creative and delicious cuisine. Highly recommend!!

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RJ
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On this most recent visit, it was a pleasure to experience the continued high standards of The Oval Room. From our initial greeting to our departure, the staff showed its professionalism and a friendly, welcoming attitude. The poached stripped bass, Crispy Skin Dorade, and the beef strip loin entrees were all well prepared and were delicious. The Marjari Chocolate Cake was perfect for the birthday celebration.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and overall experience were all exceptional

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here, food was exceptional as well as the service

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful staff and food. The chef created a tasting menu for us that was superb. A perfect experience for a special occasion.

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MU
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We're long-time customers, and held a special birthday party here for my husband years ago. Our most recent visit was as lovely and luscious as always, and we enjoyed sharing it with friends. More convenient than ever for us since we moved from the suburbs to Foggy Bottom; we can walk there now.

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HS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The maitre d', the wait staff, the bartender, and everyone with whom I came in contact with were exceptionally professional, welcoming and generous. We celebrated my parents' 67th wedding anniversary and I have only good things to say about our experience. The food was exceptional, the atmosphere inviting and the service top notch. My wife and I have dined at the best restaurants in DC and the Oval Room never disappoints. The staff served us pink champagne gratis for the celebration, and comp'd our valet parking. The food was exceptional. Often desserts are an after-thought, but at the Oval Room the desserts are memorable, especially the cheese selection. Overall I would say that I would be happy to spend much more for such a sublime experience. Thank you to all the employees at the Oval Room!!

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O
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent , creative food. Beautiful presentation. Attentive and professional
service. My colleague and I come to the
Oval Room once per month for lunch.
We are always impressed!

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