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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!

800 Connecticut Avenue
N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
H & I

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 463-8700

Website:
http://www.ovalroom.com/

Parking Details:
$8.00 validation

Public Transit:
Faragut West (Orange and Blue Lines); Faragut North (Red Line)

Executive Chef:
Bryan Moscatello

Additional:
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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Private Dining

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

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (26)
Good for a Date (24)
Fit for Foodies (22)
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Business Meals (21)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Great for Lunch (15)
Romantic (15)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Authentic (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Notable Wine List (6)
Seasonal (5)
Cozy (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Healthy (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 6, 2018

New chef is great. Portions are not too big.

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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We love this restaurant -- the menu, the quiet, the nearness to the Metro. And the waitstaff is brilliant.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The Oval Room deserves 2 Michelin stars, above all for the creativity and the flavor and the
presentation of its dishes. The setting is also pleasing and again quietly creative.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Lunch during restaurant week was the perfect opportunity to try this restaurant. Fabulous meal and excellent service that was not pretentious . Friends had recommended it and they were right. Looking forward to returning.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

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!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 30, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 27, 2018

wonderful service and inventive menu. Will be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent restaurant week menu. We enjoyed every course, and the service was friendly and attentive. Only disappointment is that they were out of one of the star appetizers on the restaurant week menu. A leisurely and most enjoyable dinner!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Everything was great till the end when we were practically thrown out at the closing time of 3 pm.
Not classy! And presumably not in keeping with the reputation they wish to cultivate.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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food4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

This restaurant never fails to excel! One of the most civilized (nicely spaced tables, low decibels) and delicious restaurants in DC.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The food was fantastic! The waiter was very attentive. The menu had a great variety.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Good options for restaurant week. Wish more bread was offered.

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food4
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Atmosphere was good, food exquisite and staff very attentive. thank you!

Tags: Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch
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food5
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 24, 2018

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 !!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The Oval Room never disappoints. We were here for restaurant week. There were excellent vegetarian items for one of our party. I have to say that though everything was excellent, the pomegranate dessert was OUTSTANDING!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great food, great service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Consistently excellent as always. Ive been a regular here for over 10 years.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 22, 2018

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food was superb--EVERYTHING was good (there were no duds). The server was friendly, accommodating, and was able to guide us with suggestions. We were a group of 6 and never felt rushed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We came here for Christmas Eve dinner, we had a lovely night. Our server was extremely friendly and attentive, the food was great and the ambiance very relaxing, no rush no pressure. I’d definitely come back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Ended up being the perfect Christmas Eve treat with my parents. Wonderful and nicely priced menu. Sure proved why it gets great reviews!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Oval Room is reliably great! I like that it is quiet, roomy, understated. Great service and food, and a strong sense of the space around it. Great for dinner and then a stroll in Lafayette Park.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Adan was excellent and the entire meal was on point. Made us feel at home and well taken care of across the board. Highly recommend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Oval room is always an excellent experience. Food is outstanding and creative.Service is excellent and personal in all respects. Am made to feel at home.

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Romantic, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Between a 3 and 4 on food - salads seemed lackluster but will be back to try main courses

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Always a favorite for a date lunch with my wife. a

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were a group of seven. Each ordered something different, and all were very pleased with cocktails, the wine and all three courses ordered by each
Highly recommend

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Beyond expectations for food and great ambience for quality conversation

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