The Oval Room
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$85 three course prix fixe menu will only be available for this day. Regular menu will not be provided.
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Engaging staff, wonderful food
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
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.
Wonderful and unobtrusive service. The food was excellent. One of the few places one can dine and have a real conversation.
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.
The locatuon of tables is too closer, but the good and service are good.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The food tastes even better than it looks. A special restaurant that continues to deliver after over 25 years.
We had a lovely lunch with excellent service, food, and cocktails.
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!
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.
Had a lovely dinner... delicious octopus! Service was wonderful.
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.
Wonderful food, very friendly and thoughtful service, comfortable environment - a lovely way to spend an evening! A great start to the new year.
Been going for years and have never been disappointed
Excelente atención, servicio y comida.
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.
A wonderful way to enjoy a Christmas eve dinner. Everything was outstanding - the food, the service, the ambience.
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).
The quality of service was excellent. The offerings were aesthetically presented, delectable to the palate, and excellent in quality. I have dined in many 5 star restaurants in multiple countries. I found the food and service at the Oval ROOM to be as high a quality as offerings from other outstanding restaurants in Florence, Italy; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Toronto, Canada; and New York City!
We had a wonderful holiday dinner here. Everyone was particularly pleased with their meal, especially the poached lobster and the skate. Excellent service, tasty cocktails and champagne. Beautiful setting and excellent value for money. Will come again soon.
Everything was wonderful. I had the 3 course price fixed lunch / loved the squash and lobster soup, the main course salmon was done perfectly and the lemon tart, light and tangy! We both had the sparkling rose which was also delicious.
The server was friendly and personable - knowledgeable too.
It was a great afternoon celebration.
When we visit restaurants of this caliber, we hope to receive an superior experience. Unfortunately this night we did not. In the Open Table reservation we requested a quiet table for my wife and I. When the maître D called to confirm our reservation I reminded him and was told, well, we have a full house and we will try. Ok, was a bit off putting but we kept an open mind.
Table was ok and after being seated we waited a bit long for our drink orders to be taken. We were hoping to have a pre-dinner cocktail and then have dinner. Once we gave the order, my wife’s wine was delivered and but not my Vodka martini with no vermouth… after asking multiple times it arrived - 20 minutes later. Then the mix was wrong. Clearly a miscommunication between the waiter and bar tender. We sent it back. Not a big deal. Maitre D came over but by then we were ready to eat and didn’t want to wait for a martini.
It was one of those occasions where perhaps it was an off night, perhaps they had short wait staff, but things did not improve. In all fairness we were each offered a glass of wine as an accommodation. When I said I don’t drink wine, the head waiter poured for my wife and shuffled off. – Wait – nothing else? Not a big deal.
The food also took a while but was quite tasty. Unfortunately, it was not really the right temperature. Warm as in tepid and not hot. This was our disappointment but after the drink mistake, we were really afraid to send back the soup or the entrée. It just got cumbersome and we think at this price point things should work reasonable well the first time.
A great place for a Christmas lunch with some office colleagues. Great atmosphere, excellent service, interesting and delicious food. And low enough noise levels so people can speak and be heard. Always happy to eat here.
The portion size very small, way over price for the value. Chicken was way overcooked.
The artichoke veloute was exquisite. As was the lamb loin and duck breast. The sommelier was very knowledgeable, and the wait staff were very professional. We highly recommend this lovely and conveniently located restaurant. The chef is a master!
Excellent holiday lunch with a friend. We started with a salad, had crispy skin branzino as a main course, and shared the lemon tart for dessert. Everything was beautifully presented, tasted delicious, and service was excellent.
The service from Adnan was perfect. Always attentive but never intrusive.
Ambiance is always a starting point at the Oval Room. Our corner table allowed great conversation. The wait staff was attentive and excellent. My octopus was excellent as were the scallop appetizer. The bronzino was very good as was the steak. The prices were appropriate for this location. The desserts were excellent
The food and the service were great but it is way too loud for a fine dining establishment. I recommend spacing the tables further apart and using some sound reducing material on the walls and ceilings.
Exceptional flavors & presentation!
Jeremy did a terrific job. If he recommends it, you should follow his lead. Great host, fantastic chef and staff throughout. Soup was amazing as was the Duck ragout.
Chocolate chip cookies to go were a huge hit at the office.
Lovely food but service was an issue. No drinks even after appetizer first course was finished and food service was rushed.
We and friends much enjoyed Thanksgiving turkey dinner.
This was our 3rd Thanksgiving visit to The Oval Room, and it was another delicious and memorable holiday. The service was friendly and helpful, making recommendations for wine and dishes, and we noticed their staff helping an older patron into a cab for her ride home. Little touches like this really make a difference. As for the food, we thoroughly enjoyed a fabulous mushroom tortelloni, the sunchoke veloute, salmon and tenderloin, then the pumpkin pie, the hazelnut mousse and the fig cheesecake - all delicious. We've never been disappointed here and we'll definitely be back - we'd highly recommend!