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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:
John Melfi

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

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (24)
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Quiet Conversation (16)
Business Meals (16)
Romantic (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Authentic (5)
Cozy (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Healthy (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Seasonal (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Fun (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

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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service3
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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 28, 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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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 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 25, 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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 (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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 (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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·Dined on November 21, 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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·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 11, 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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food5
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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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·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 5, 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 4, 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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food4
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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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Restaurants have difficulty in maintaining high standards over an extended period of time. The Oval Room is an exception. Excellent food, impeccable service, reasonable prices, comfortable chairs. No pretentiousness, just attention to detail. A sound choice for a business lunch or to catch up with an old friend.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Very attentive staff and outstanding food selection. I can't wait to go back

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The food was well prepared and interesting (and tasty). The service was just about perfect. It was attentive without being intrusive. I did not feel that the staff had become part of our conversation, as is so often true in DC restaurants. I always enjoy dining there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The food is delicious, service is outstanding, ambiance is quiet and soothing. Oval Room remains one of our favorite restaurants and we discovered this time, it is near a Metro stop which is highly appealing.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We enjoyed a perfect time. Impeccable service. Delicious food and superior wine recommendation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

I thought the ambiance was too casual for what I expected. The noise level also was more than I wanted. The desserts are a disaster! I have never tasted worse. The main course of Yellow Fin Tuna and duck was delicious, but I will not go back to the restaurant again.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The Oval Room is better than ever. The pan roasted lamb is sensational and the wine list is first-rate. It also has perhaps the best patio in the city.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Excellent meal and wonderful service always. Perfect for a business lunch with attentive (but not intrusive) service, no rush, and interesting menu to add to the lunch or dinner conversation. Thanks to Oval Room management for making these arrangements work consistently.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Healthy, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The Oval Room never fails! Just had a wonderful dinner with a great waiter who recommended a terrific wine. Dining room is lovely: well-spaced tables, quiet, civilized, sophisticated. We can't understand why the restaurant was not busy--it should be packed!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was mediocre and overpriced. Waiter was supercilious. Ambience was so so

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Our wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. An order error made by the him was handled quickly and professionally. The dishes we had were beautifully presented and skillfully prepared! Well done!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Always excellent meal and service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

I took two colleagues from China who had a terrible experience at a different restaurant on their own the night before. Due to language challenges, my party had a tough time with the menu, but the waiter was extremely patient with us and offered recommendations that were phenomenal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Very nice. Food was very well prepared and presented. Wine list is very extensive with a wide price point.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Another fine restaurant of the Knightsbridge Restaurant Group. Across from our favorite (food-wise), The Bombay Club, The Oval Room has a superb location, and a charming atmosphere. And at least in this restaurant, as opposed to The Bombay Club, the clientele were appropriately dressed (one of my pet peeves about The Bombay Club is that they permit people totally inappropriately dressed to dine there; I mean shorts, flip-flops, etc.) But I digress. The food for two of us at The Oval Room was exceptional, but the lamb my husband ordered was stringy and overcooked. We will, however, go back to enjoy some more items on their (somewhat limited) menu.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

This was our second visit in three weeks and once again it didn't disappoint. Everyones food was excellent: chicken liver pate with pecan granola and peach jam; Pan Roasted Hanger Steak
Black Garlic Soubise, Aleppo Crusted Potato Confit. Watercress, Fennel, Sherry Vinaigrette; Pan Roasted Amish Chicken Corn Pudding, Pickled Chanterelles, Baby Swiss Chard, Cornbread Croutons, Bacon Ravigote; and Wild Coho Salmon Charred Cucumbers, Moroccan Olives, Marinated Feta, Pearl Onions, Tzatziki Labneh. We shared a raspberry mousse that we didn't finish! Service was perfect. We were able to hold a conversation in normal voices.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The meal was wonderful -- and Adnan, our server, was terrific.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Oval Room is an elegant and upscale fine dining option in downtown DC. Contemporary decor, white tablecloth, small dining rooms, comfortable dining environment, both in and outdoors. Food excellent overall, although desserts could be better. Service is outstanding. Pricey but not outrageously so, comparable to similar class restaurants in this area.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Food and setting were both good, though the food wasn't quite on par with the price. The real downside was the service -- impolite and inattentive. Had been looking forward to this meal, but left disappointed, never to return.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 30, 2017

A friend and I took advantage of DC Restaurant Week to try this new-to-us place. We were very pleased with the service and with the food.

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Usually very dependable. Perhaps because many people were on vacation. The service was inattentive and interminably slow. The restaurant was perhaps 30% full and yet it took forever to get our food. We were four people and ordered 3 salads and a linguine and yet it took over an hour to get our food. I had to ask for it after being quite frustrated. It felt as if the order had never gone in. We arrived at 1:15 and it was 2:50 by the time we finished. We were the only people left in the restaurant. My business guests were very unimpressed. I had to ask for the check two times and found our waitress playing bartender. Very inexplicable.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Our grandson, who lives and works in DC, picked this as the perfect place for dinner with his visiting grandparents! The ambiance was definitely "old school" as promised. The food was really delicious, the waiters attentive, and the noise level reasonable. My only criticism was that the low light level made it impossible for me to read the Restaurant Week menu with its light blue type! I am sure I embarrassed our grandson by pulling out my iPhone and turning on the flashlight, but that did avoid what was almost an error in ordering!

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Nice that they extended Restaurant Week. Great lunch!

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