The Oval Room
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Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Beautiful and tranquil setting. Professional and friendly service. The rabbit was prepared perfectly
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.
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.
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.
Delicious, well crafted food. And the service was top notch. The $35 pre-fixe lunch is a good deal and very tasty.
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.
Nice place and good food. A bit pricey but worth it in the end.
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.
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.
Consistently the best experience not to be missed when you need a special dinner or lunch and many options and special menus
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
Great food and service.
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.
As always a great place for restaurant week. I have been coming here for over 20 years and the continue to change and please.
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!
Nice restaurant week experience
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.
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
Very good food, great service. Only thought is that wine was priced at 3.3x retail, a bit steep.
This restaurant should be more popular. The octopus and scallops are out of this world great.
Fabulous food, ambiance and service. Loved it!
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.
A very quiet night - good good
Great wait staff and wonderful experience
Food was amazing!!! Thanks for this unique experience!!
Dining here is always a lovely experience. Very civilized, inventive menu and delicious.
Absolutely fabulous - food, service, and ambiance.
My wife and I had a lunch date to enjoy the prize fix Provençal meal. Everything was wonderful.
Excellent food. Excellent service. Fabulous place
Very interesting menu
Excellent service, delicious food in a chic environment near the White House. The sommelier, Eamon, was very knowledgeable and suggested a wonderful wine.
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.
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!
After graduation dinner.
very good food but we were alone for dinner at 20.30h.
refined ambiance and cuisine; food well presented; quantity of appetizers a bit scarce;
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.
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.
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.
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!