The Oval Room

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$31 to $50
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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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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

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 2449 People Are Saying
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BB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

C
Washington DC
668 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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
66 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was exceptional! Food awesome!

T
Washington DC
308 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AR
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

K
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant week experience

B
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We happened to be in the August dining week so the set dinner was only $35. However, the food was still great. Waiter service was excellent. They gave us the best table for our anniversary celebration and sparkling on the house.

CM
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 1

it has been 2 yrs since I have been to the oval room. The place needs to be refreshed ... the chairs are run down the plates look old there was debris is the corners and crevices paint looked old and chipped and the food was mediocre total disappointment !but our server was pleasant .... looks like the oval room is struggling... once was sooo posh

DI
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, great service. Only thought is that wine was priced at 3.3x retail, a bit steep.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marriage anniversary

W
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant should be more popular. The octopus and scallops are out of this world great.

t
Washington DC
137 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, ambiance and service. Loved it!

OT
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had the $35 lunch. She started with tomato salad. I had a lettuce salad. Both of us had the stone bass. She had Madelines for dessert. I had a chocolate tort. The food was excellent. The portions were fine. They were not so big as to take something home. The service was very attentive. The Oval Room is always a very nice restaurant and is worth going to. One cannot go wrong with eating here.

d
London
68 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

A very quiet night - good good

JC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wait staff and wonderful experience

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!!! Thanks for this unique experience!!

d
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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

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

Absolutely fabulous - food, service, and ambiance.

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.

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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