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About The Oval Room
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!
Washington, DC 20006
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
H & I
$31 to $50
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Faragut West (Orange and Blue Lines); Faragut North (Red Line)
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The Oval Room is pleased to offer various private dining options which range from intimate private dinners to larger scale events, including cocktail receptions and office parties.
The Oval Room Ratings and Reviews
Terrible. Went for an important business lunch — the food was so embarrassingly bad, it derailed our discussion! The menu tries to be avant-garde and it fails. The chicken sandwich (highly touted by the server) was inedible-a tiny potion of skin-on chicken was overwhelmed by the over-toasted (ie, hard) bread. The fish was just as memorable.
The Foie Gras blew away any that I had on a recent trip to Paris. It was luxurious and decadent balanced perfectly with the quince. The risotto was perfectly prepared. The service was also attentive. The experience surpassed our expectations, both couples indicated that we would be back soon!!
Had a great lunch during the restaurant week. They had not too much of variation from lunch to dinner. So I would say the lunch is definitely has more value than the dinner. The Parsnip soup has pretty looking, but I can't say the same to the taste. It is sort of fruit, nutty, and cream. The mushroom risotto is good. The chocolate cake is more like flourless cake, but good. The only thing I don't like is the accent added on the dessert, sort of south east asian or middle east spice . Overall Oval Room is a good restaurant, but not standing out.
We went for a birthday celebration. Our waitress was upbeat, efficient and attentive. High marks to her.
The food was pretty good too, although neither entree was served hot, just warm; and the salmon was close to raw. Dessert was good, except that my partners choice was substituted for a birthday dessert without our ok. It would have been better to place a candle in what he requested.
The dining room on the right is too loud. We easily overheard everyone else’s conversations.
So while I’d agree with other diner’s comments, if it had not been restaurant week, we would have overpaid.
We love the atmosphere and the food at the Oval Room and occasionally go there for regular or special occasions. Last time was ok but the food was in small quantities (restaurant week) and it took a long time to get our food and especially the desert, which is usually not the case. Regardless, one of our favorite places for dinner.
Restaurant week! Excellent selections. Our favorite table (not as noisy as the rest of the main Dining room) and favorite waiter (there ARE skilled professional waiters in DC!). Appetizers: the roasted Veg tasted like veg should take, and that foie gras had small toppings of added flavors that made the dish simply pop. (really didn't need the Sauternes... but enjoyed them anyway). Mains: the chicken was perfectly cooked and the duck breast was soft, rare, and almost fork-tender. All the arrayed vegetable portions were excellent pairings. The chef may be "new" to the OR, but the food is as consistently excellent as ever and with gift of cooking vegetables just SO.
my food arrived warm at best. my guest did not accept her fish entree as it did not taste good to her at all. another entree was prepared for her and was acceptable to her and two guests got this same entree which they both stated was extremely salty and not enjoyed. this was restaurant week and the restaurant did not offer its regular menu. this information was not on its web site, had i known this i would have reserved elsewhere.
Restaurant week menu and food was amazing. !! Haven't been back in so long I'm glad I did and I'm going back this coming Monday with friends ( which one of them had dinner last Monday and loved it ) . Want to praise Nick our server he's new but was very nice , professional, not over baring .
Thank again for a great experience !!!!
Six of us went for Restaurant Week. Main courses included tortellini, salmon, hake, hangar steak, chicken. The portions were substantial. They were not overwhelming. They were very adequate. Along with an appetizer and dessert, the amount of food was very good. The taste of the food was also very good. The wait staff was very attentive. Overall, the experience at the Oval Room was very positive. We will return.
As usual, the food at the Oval Room was superb. The Restaurant Week selection was high quality, with unusual offerings. On earlier occasions, the salads I ordered were excellent, and there was no drop off on this visit. The only downgrade on this particular visit was the service. We had to ask for extra bread, my request for hot sauce was met with disbelief, and our waiter disappeared at times. But on other occasions the service has been stellar.
I eat at the Oval Room once or twice a year. It is always quite good. The food preparation, the recipes, and flavors are reliably very good. The wine choices are very good. I take guests there for a reliably safe and delicious dining experience. Oddly though, even though the room was fairly empty, at least three members of the table staff kept reaching to our plates to take them away while one or the other of us was still eating. This happened twice during appetizers, three times during the entree, and again at dessert. It was odd and off-putting. When everyone’s fork and knife are placed at the 2 o’clock position, that’s your cue...or when I tell you.
Update: I received a phone call from the general manager apologizing for the miscommunications among the staff. Getting a phone call is a rarity and shows genuine concern about a customer’s experience. Even with the oddity in the service I still rated the dinner and experience an overall 4. No doubt I will return to the Oval Room and enjoy another well prepared and served meal.
One of the best meals I have ever had in DC; the menu was creative and the food lived up to or exceeded the vision. The fois gras, the scallops, the lobster all superbly prepared. The service was excellent and thought the meal was a reasonable value. We could not have enjoyed the dining experience more!
We went for a fixed Thanksgiving menu. It was a very nice luncheon, attentive and friendly service. The location feels like a place where political strategies are hatched. The food, though, was amazing! We enjoyed the afternoon out of the house. If you’re looking for a DC experience, go.
We have dined at Oval Room on a previous DC visit and enjoyed it. This time was just as good. We enjoyed a perfectly made cocktail, and not rushed. The salads were delicious as was the main course. I had the pasta and my husband had the salmon. We split a heavenly chocolate torte.
We thoroughly enjoyed an exceptional dining experience, including meal (steak and beet salad were perfection), wait staff (among best possible), attention to detail (superb), floor management (very accommodating and friendly). Now one of my favorite places to dine in DC area.
Delicious, well-prepared food - lovely presentation. My wife had the shrimp and grits dish - which was outstanding. The grits were incredibly creamy and filled with cheese, and the shrimp was cooked perfectly (I can attest to this because I had my share of bites). That being said, I did not neglect my own dish - the duck, which was so flavorful. The waiter knew how much I was enjoying my food because I kept saying 'MMMM' so loudly! What can I say? A man likes a good meal. My wife had to remind me to keep it down. What would I do without her?
Anyway, the service was outstanding too. We were treated well, and enjoyed the evening.
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