The Oval Room

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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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Please know that a cancellation fee of $25 per person will be charged for any reservations cancelled within 48 hours, 2 days, of the reservation.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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Please know that a cancellation fee of $25 per person will be charged for any reservations cancelled within 48 hours, 2 days, of the reservation.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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Please know that a cancellation fee of $25 per person will be charged for any reservations cancelled within 48 hours, 2 days, of the reservation.

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What 2463 People Are Saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was excellent. Food was good.

C
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had 1 pm reservation for three friends who wanted to sit and visit but were told we needed to vacate at 2:45 for an event. Good for business but not for chatty ladies.

M
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

No fault to the restaurant, but the group dinners were so loud it killed the atmosphere. The interior is low light, clean and romantic. The food was presented beautifully, loved the floral incorporation. The salmon had a BEAUTIFUL texture; was one of my favorite dishes (next to the caviar). I did have the older server that I saw mentioned in another review. Yes, you do have to speak up for him but he is very accommodating. The other servers were a bit clumsy, but I didn’t expect perfection with the price point. I would recommend it for a date night; definitely get the tasting dinner.

LL
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Traveling and eating by myself. Found on Opentable, right around the corner from hotel. Simple menu, but complex flavors. Top shelf service. Will go back next time in town.

SM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our waiter was an older gentlemen, who was not very good and also going deaf. You can't have a waiter hard of hearing in an upscale restaurant.

T
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and impeccable service. Wonderful menu and the food was absolutely the best I ever had.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

All the food we received was cold. Bread, scallops, chicken all cold . The same salmon was slimy. Chicken was not fully cooked through, it felt like rubber. Overall unsatisfactory meal.

T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The portions can be quite small. My lamb loin was delicious but it was quite small. Plus one of the most expensive entrees on menu. My husband’s lemon tart for dessert was also quite small. Still very delicious.

MK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was intimate and the food was delicious. It is perfect for date nights. It is quaint which allows the staff to give great service. The food was 5 star worthy. I will definitely be returning.

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a perfect place for a business lunch. Thanks very much!

E
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints.

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CC
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We dined on Saturday night a party of six. The service was excellent and the food was delicious however very scant. The dinner portions were mostly appetizer size. The presentation beautiful. Dessert was good especially the ricotta cheesecake and the passion fruit pana cotta. Drinks were excellent! Value was a little underwhelming.

AY
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent - the duck was perfect !!

M
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumbled upon this restaurant after a long day of walking and sightseeing, for an early dinner. It is near Lafayette Square and close to the White House. The decor and atmosphere are gorgeous. My husband and I shared a cheese plate for an appetizer. We then followed with the Wild Striped bass and the Orka King Salmon. Both were delicious and artfully crafted. The strawberries and cream dessert was refreshing and beautifully designed. We will add this restaurant to our "must eat at" place for our next visit to Washington DC.

BB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oval Room never disappoints the ambiance, food, service and price are in keeping with the total experience of excellence in dining.

C
Washington DC
678 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Justina and Jeremy did a great job! I got a late lunch doing their pre fixe offer. The tomatoes were an outstanding appetizer. Light and surrounded by flavor. The duck breast was excellent. Bread was very good. Wine was extraordinary! Nice of the host to check in. Tom Sistema, the Washington Post food critic recommends the Oval Room so often that I felt that I needed to go back—I am so glad that I did.

MA
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Très belle expérience gustative dans un cadre fort agréable. Originalité dans la carte et l'association des saveurs. Personnel extrêmement gentil, attentionné et proposant de belles associations vins au verre / plats

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E
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a repeat visit at The Oval Room. We (party of 3) enjoyed the food very much. Services were attentive. One thing could be improved is the bread which seemed very plain and not warm. This could be an easy fix. We would highly recommend this restaurant to any one and would visit again!

TB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Dinner was very good and we enjoyed ourselves. At the end of the evening there was an issue with the credit card system and the manager not only had difficulty resolving the issue, but also dealt with the wait staff and the guests inappropriately. I was a little shocked by his unprofessional approach.

C
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant and consummately professional, superb wait staff, food delicious!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening. Staff and food were excellent. Beautiful ambience.

OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was exceptional! Food awesome!

T
Washington DC
310 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite a slight glitch finding our reservation, our meal was as delicious as anticipated and the service was lovely.

E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent Food...it's a beautiful spot and a nice respite from Downtown even though it's in the middle of the city... they did not have skim milk for coffee, my only complaint. Although, I would be on my next outing there, they will. Manager walked across the street to see if they had any at their sister restaurant.

s
Central Coast
47 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and tranquil setting. Professional and friendly service. The rabbit was prepared perfectly

AR
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Small portions are okay at these prices if the quality of the food is outstanding. But 3 of the 4 entrees we ordered were sub par Meat was tough (duck, steak) We sent one of the steak entrees back to be replaced. The restaurant was gracious about this and took the item off the bill as well, but that still doesn't make up for our disappointment after coming downtown on a Sat night to go this place.

GL
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The kindness of the staff combined with the brilliant food made for a really lovely special occasion. The artichoke velouté, the cauliflower grenobloise, and the salmon were all beyond excellent.

JM
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A top class meal. A little more attention could be given to the service in order for it to be to the same level as the food, such as when and how much white wine to pour in order to keep it cool.

DC
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, well crafted food. And the service was top notch. The $35 pre-fixe lunch is a good deal and very tasty.

VK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oval room wins restaurant week in extra innings. The food is stunning, both in taste and presentation. It is one of the few times I can truly say that a salad looked good enough to frame as artwork. And my colleague’s appetizer was similarly lovely. The meal was simply but cleverly plated, the taste ambrosial. Highly recommend for business meal with colleagues or clients who appreciate fine dining rather than stuffing oneself like a taxidermied musk ox at a local trough, or for a special occasion.

LD
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice place and good food. A bit pricey but worth it in the end.

C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Our waitress was good, but at some point the waiter serving the next table let the standing tray fall and it fell on to my friend’s arm. It was not a big deal, but I was shocked that the waiter did not even apologize or ask if my friend was ok. She simply said “don’t worry, you’re ok.” Hello? I thought it was so impolite. Oval Room, please provide training on basic manners. Good food is not enough to keep customers coming back! Thank you.

MT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Oval Room is an excellent high end restaurant. The food presentation is superb and the service is efficient and quick. I especially like that the atmosphere is quiet. I didn't have to yell at my companions to be heard.

DC
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently the best experience not to be missed when you need a special dinner or lunch and many options and special menus

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

I had a really bad experience. I have gluten allergy and I asked for a gluten free dish which came with gluten allergens. I noticed the mistake because I started having an allergic reaction. I confirmed with the waitress and she was surprised that they brought me the main dish with the sauce that contained gluten even when she put the special instruction on my meal. It’s unacceptable that this kind of mistakes happens. I will never go again to this restaurant

H
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

K
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fine dining experience during Restaurant Week! The chef didn’t skimp or serve unappealing options that many restaurants do during Restaurant Week. I can only comment on my choices. The watercress soup was out of this world—best I’ve ever had. The skate was delicious and a significant portion, but I should have requested to have it cooked medium. Chefs usually think undercooking preserves flavor and texture but it’s just personal taste on my part. The chocolate dessert was outrageously yummy.
The service was top notch—my friend and I both commented about our knowledgeable and helpful server. The restaurant itself is lovely, located near the Renwick where we were headed after lunch.

A
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always a great place for restaurant week. I have been coming here for over 20 years and the continue to change and please.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My coworker and I went for lunch and discovered it was Restaurant Week! The menu gave us varous selections for Appetizer, Entree and Dessert for $22. We asked our server, Victoria, to explain the items on the menu we were unfamiliar with, and she was wonderful, patient and kind! We ordered the lettuce appetizer; it was delicious and light. We each had the salmon entree; it was a bit undercooked, and the staff corrected it immediately. The dessert was a peach custard which was heavenly! Definitely recommend this restaurant!

DM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice restaurant week experience