The Oval Room

4.7
2412 reviews
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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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Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Dining here is always a lovely experience. Very civilized, inventive menu and delicious.

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L
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous - food, service, and ambiance.

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J
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a lunch date to enjoy the prize fix Provençal meal. Everything was wonderful.

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E
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Fabulous place
Very interesting menu

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R
Dallas
50 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious food in a chic environment near the White House. The sommelier, Eamon, was very knowledgeable and suggested a wonderful wine.

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EW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Reasonable option downtown. Food was so-so and all dishes plated similar with two pieces of meat with sauce poured on top - vegetarian option was plated to feel hearty like meat but was tasteless. Staff handled very professionally when I changed my dish without question. Cocktails were outstanding. Room was elegant and comfortable. I will try again based on service.

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BO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly, the Oval Room was probably the best meal that I ate in the entire city of Washington DC. I even ate at a one Michelin Star DC restaurant and the food there was good, but not as good as it was in the Oval Room! I also liked how quiet the Oval Room was, since so many hip/trendy restaurants tend to drum up noise levels, but that's usually not for me...especially when I just want to eat a nice formal dinner and relax. Furthermore, the overall ambiance and decor of the Oval Room was very nice and quite tasteful. Thank you for the fantastic meal! PS: If you work for the Michelin Guide, please give the Oval Room a Michelin Star, because they deserve it!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After graduation dinner.

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G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

very good food but we were alone for dinner at 20.30h.

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R
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

refined ambiance and cuisine; food well presented; quantity of appetizers a bit scarce;

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LB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant. The food is full of wonderful flavors and the presentation is truly lovely. The staff are all professional and exceptionally nice and seek to make the meal memorable.

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LM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive server and beautiful food that tasted as good as it looked. There was a large party on the other side of the restaurant, yet our side was quiet and relaxing. We will definitely return.

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DW
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oval Room is the perfect place for a quiet business meal where you can have a private conversation at a civilized volume and will always be assured of "white glove" service and excellent food. Highly recommend.

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C
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a very nice Mother’s Day/Birthday celebration. The set meal was delicious! Beautiful presentation. The wine pairing was a little disappointing. The selections were perfect but the pour was quite stingy. Otherwise would highly recommend!

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HC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had such a wonderful evening for Mother’s Day dinner. The staff and service was absolutely kind, patient, welcoming and lovely to us. The chef was willing to tweak the entree’s a bit to fit the kid’s taste but the kids had octopus, chicken liver and tried duck and loved everything. They added soda water to the juice to give it some fizz and went above and beyond in the accommodation for us. Our waiter, Kouhyar was very knowledgeable in his drink and wine pairings. Everything tasted good, the lighting was amazing, they even found huge trash bags to cover the kids since it was raining. Thank you all for a truly wonderf dining experience. My Mother had a wonderful dinner and I got everything that I wanted for her evening.

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L
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My compliments to the chef! The food was very delicious. It is amazing the unique dishes the chef prepares. Everything I ate was perfect. The waiter was wonderful, too. Very friendly, personable, and attentive. Wonderful, wonderful experience!

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M
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious and the chef has a creative and intelligent approach to combining flavors. Service is excellent and attentive without being intrusive. The decor is attractive and soothing, while the noise level is very low and the tables are well spaced so that conversation is easy.

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AF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for your hospitable treatment of road weary travelers. Our 10 year old granddaughter felt like a real princess :)

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l
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oval Room always delivers a first class experience in every way. We were please Adnan was our server - he handles everything just right and is always warm and friendly.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as it is every time.

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L
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Oval Room is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always excellent and the service is of the highest quality. One is made to feel as if the restaurant appreciates your business. We highly recommend it.

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C
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The octopus was perfect. Very tender and flavorful

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, every time!

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S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is very correctly plated with the right temperature.Any dish is worth trying atleast once.

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OS
Heidelberg
10 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant, untypical more European Style. Nice service, interesting and unusual wines. Food was good, enjoyed tasting menu. The fist course was a little disappointing but the rest was good

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JD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thursday, April 18, 2019

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G
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

And very enjoyable dinner.

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was interesting and gorgeous looking. Tastes great. it's a lunch treat.

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MW
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a lovely restaurant for a quiet dinner. It is elegant, with a welcoming staff and a menu with good options for vegans and omnivores. We thoroughly enjoyed The Oval Room.

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H
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was good, but the service could be more friendly and sincere.

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K
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had no complaints about food (excellent) or service (also excellent). But it was much noisier than we were led to believe it would be, even though we were seated at a corner table. By 7:30 on a weeknight, we literally had to "lean in" toward each other to hear, because the overall noise level was so high. At about 9pm, the loud folks began leaving, so by the time we ordered coffee and dessert, it was possible to comfortably continue our conversation.

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RG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food presentation

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DE
Washington DC
96 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had another great dining experience at the Oval Room. Excellent food, wine and good service. Why aren't more people going here?

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KC
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a business lunch or dinner. The food was delicious and the ambiance is perfect. Great service as well.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, outstanding food, in a fine dining setting! I will go back!

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KS
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and beverages. Easy to have a conversation and excellent service.

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LF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've taken two friends to the Oval Room for lunch recently, and they both loved it. So do I!

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JB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful restaurant to dine with out-of-town friends. Pre-theatre diner menu is a price performer. Service top notch. Valet service top notch. Highly recommend the Oval Room for all occasions.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Won’t go back

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JH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and they had late reservations thank you.

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