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About The Oval Room

The Oval Room, an elegant & sophisticated restaurant, near Farragut Square across from the White House, which accounts for its popularity among politicians, journalists, lobbyists, lawyers, & former Presidents. The setting is contemporary & chic. It offers private dining. 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. The Oval Room has been awarded the "Distinguished Restaurant of North America Award".The Oval Room is honored to be Modern Luxury Washington D.C.’s “Restaurant of the Year”! Executive Chef John Melfi and his team are serving some incredible, seasonal dishes and would love to see you at The Oval Room soon. To read the Modern Luxury Washington D.C. story, please visit:



http://dc.modernluxury.com/dining/restaurant-year-oval-room

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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Join us on Christmas Eve for a delightful Pre Fixe Menu

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Celebrate the New Year near the White House and enjoy our delightful tasting menu

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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

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (26)
Creative Cuisine (22)
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Good for a Date (19)
Business Meals (19)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Romantic (12)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Authentic (8)
Healthy (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Groups (4)
People Watching (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Cozy (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
Fun (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Excellent food, setting and service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We had a lovely lunch for four during restaurant week with friends visiting from Belgium. Delicious and cool vibe with helpful and warm service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Superb as usual. Excellent menu & ingredients, imaginative combinations.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Excellent food setting and service

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

My co-worker and I treated ourselves for Restaurant Week. Neither of us had been to the Oval Room before even though I make reservations for my attorneys. We were very impressed with the service and the food. We were looking forward to dining at the Oval Room and we weren't disappointed. The dishes were well prepared, inventive and lovely. The services was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient but not overbearing. We will definitely dine there again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Farewell lunch for a long time associate. Excellent food and great conversation with an esteemed colleague who is retiring. We could talk and reminisce like grown-ups here. Just loved it!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Our first impression walking in, the maitre d' sets a tone as unpleasant as his borderline angry facial expression. My dining companion and I wanted a bright but warm table, but we were sent to the seat nearest to the entrance right under the A/C vent in a completely unoccupied room. Instead of politely turning down the frigid and drafty air, he dismissively and bluntly said that all seats by the window would be cold as we moved to a corner table. While also not factually incorrect, the way in which he spoke to our neighboring table was also very blunt, impatient, and unpleasant.

Upon browsing the menu, we were disappointed that the Grilled Shrimp appetizer was not available (no indication on their website of it being dinner-only). My DC went with a lesser choice (Tomato-Watermelon Salad). Since my DC doesn't eat feta, we asked if it can switched with another cheese. Our server, Alex, mentioned that she would check with the chef and let us know which cheese it would be. Instead, without any warning, it arrived without cheese. At least it tasted fine. My Burrata (a dish we've not once seen fail) was great on first bite of the cheese and meyer lemon vinaigrette, but was a sour, soggy mess beneath that made the shaved artichokes indistinguishable from the fennel.

The Grilled Calamari tasted like sausage casing (not fresh), and the fingerlings were not enough to offset the excessive saltiness of the dish. The Crispy Pork Belly would have been fine as a Braised one because it was anything but crispy. The baby corn was nice, but the cornbread puree lacked any defined taste.

My DC ordered green tea since it was loose leaf. However, unlike practically every version we've enjoyed, it was purely bitter through and through (no sweet aftertaste) no matter its concentration. The Panna Cotta was fine, but the bourbon peach tasted canned. My Frozen Lemon Souffle was a plain-looking semifreddo, symbolic of the hollow hype-machine that is Knightsbridge Restaurant Group.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 3, 2017

I was visiting Washington D.C. and staying at the Mayflower Hotel. We wanted to go to a nice place that was within walking distance and selected The Oval Room based on the location and the on-line reviews we read. Overall, we were not disappointed. They have a $39.00/per person pre-theater meal from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. It is a three-course, limited menu but we liked the entree choices so we did that and it was more than worth it. Unfortunately, we were NOT offered that menu and had to ask for it so if you are there between those hours, definitely ask if you don't get that menu automatically. Our starters (the salad and the linguini) were delicious, the latter a bit spicy. Entrees were both perfectly done (the Amish chicken and the crispy skin salmon) and the desserts were a standout. Cocktails were tasty but the bar seemed a bit slow so we waited longer than I would expect for a drink. Our waiter seemed like a life-long server and was very "old school". Typically I appreciate that but he had no sense of humor and seemed unwilling to interact with us beyond taking our order which was disappointing. A friendly server would have made an excellent food experience even better. Worth checking out, though, especially for the pre-theater menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 1, 2017

The Oval Room has been one of my favorite restaurants for lunch or dinner the past 3 or 4 years. It meets and exceeds the four criteria I have for a good restaurant: 1)the food is both delicious and creative (I recommend the shrimps and coconut grits); 2) the service is attentive; 3) the room is beautiful; and 4) it is quiet enough to enable the diners to converse without raising their voices. The prices are reasonable, too.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Excellent presentation, generous portions, top-notch ingredients! Definitely plan to go back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Lunch was for five us - service was prompt, waiter was nice, and the salads were good. Interior is classic and the noise level is low. Great for a business meal.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Food came out very slow despite staff being told we needed to be finished earlier. Dinner took over 2hrs.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

As always the Oval room provides an excellent experience. Excellent food/service/ambiance.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Oval Room is offers exceptional cuisine and ambiance. This elegant supper club with lovely terrace is consistently one the of top dining experiences in Washington.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We really enjoyed the oval room. We had the arugula salad, house made pasta, lamb and striped bass. It was all wonderful!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Great service and excellent food. For the price, it's really an amazing meal.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Among other highlights, the pan roasted lamb loin is one of the very best dishes in the city.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 29, 2017

$20 lunch at the bar was a winner! The food was great and the service was friendly and efficient.

Tags: Business Meals, Vegan, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Waiter not readily available. One side dish missing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Unfortunately two of the four meals were not good. We asked for a no spice dish and we got a very spicy dis. The New York strip was served Lila a filet mignon. To top it off the coffee was cold and the cocktail full house f ice.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 22, 2017

I had a really disappointing night at the Oval Room. Not having eaten there in years, I find the main dining room to feel rather cold and sterile. When my guest and I sat down, we must have been asked by three different waiters, three times each, what we wanted for water and for cocktails. They just wouldn't stop interrupting, even after we've ordered each. There was an intolerable delay between first and second courses - nearly 40 minutes after the first course was cleared - and the room got very noisy. Not the night I wanted to have with an old friend. Not going back.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Fresh fish and great salads followed some very well made drinks. Our server was polite and attentive enough to take care of us but not be a bother. We sat outside. The street is quiet and there is a nice flower garden/tree set up so the ambience is quite good. It's only about a 15 minute walk from the Grand Hyatt and you can walk by the white house on the way.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 19, 2017

We met with our out of town guest for dinner. We selected The Oval Room for it low noise level, And we got that on a Monday night. The staff was very attentive but did not intrude. Menu focused on fish that day which was very tasty and plentiful. Vegetable accompaniments helped make each dish very good. Valet service is available ($8).

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 16, 2017

As always the highest level of dining experience. Great food, great service!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We sat outside, and were surprised that the restaurant was not very busy on a Saturday evening. We split a salad, entree, two vegetable sides, and dessert. All the food was excellent, as was the service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Love coming to Washington.. Dinner outside was so relaxing. The service was absolutely wonderful.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Nice restaurant with really good service.
Menu slightly limited but still good variety

Tags: Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Lovely spot close to the White House, amazing hotels, and the Reneick Gallery. Service is outstanding and friendly. Food is wonderful with creative sauces and combinations...very urbane.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Really great service. I was surprised when additional meat was brought to the table, because the chef want to get it right. Quite surprising, but shows how individual care is part of this restaurant's culture.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 24, 2017

We were celebrating our anniversary with a two day trip to Washington. Our hotel was nearby the Oval Room. We were struck by the ambiance, sort of '60's or '70's but in a good way. The staff from the host to the buss boy were clearly experienced and top notch. The bar looked well stocked, but it was pre-empted by a complimentary glass of sparkling wine for our anniversary. The sommelier was very helpful, especially when I chose poorly. He stepped in to save the day. The shrimp and grits were a hit with my wife. My duck was tasty but a bit tough. Salads and desserts were great. The room was crowded but the noise level was just right. We will have to go back and try the bar sometime.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Convenient location and a nice lunch menu, great for s business lunch.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on May 22, 2017

I found the food a different quseine with a limited menu. Mostly seafood with one venison dish that was excellent. Service was prompt but never rushed. Wait staff very professional. Excellent wine choices. Wasn't crowded together. Low noise level, easy to converse with your table.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Very cozy place with excellent service and tasteful seafood. Highly recommended.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Oval Room never fails to delight! Service is always great; food is terrific. We love the weekend tasting menu program (though the wine pours are a bit modest!).

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Colleagues were in town for a conference and we wanted to find a place where we could easily converse yet enjoy a nice meal. The service was excellent!! With such attentive staff, those in our party with food allergies were totally comfortable ordering and enjoyed a tasty meal safely. Everything was so delicious and the atmosphere so enjoyable that we decided to stick around for deserts. We were so stuffed from dinner yet so pleased with everything the kitchen prepared that we just had to try some dessert- and we tried just about all of them!

Definitely the perfect spot to impress business associates/clients or just to enjoy a night out with your spouse or friends and relatives. The warm atmosphere and attentive staff made the delicious food even more enjoyable!

Overall, The Oval Room is the perfect spot for any dinner occasion!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

From the tasteless tuna crudo to the raspberry mouse cake, all dishes seriously lacked taste and quality. The shrimp in grits tasted like salty cereal. The cod poached in olive oil had chorizos mixed in....strange to blend a mild white fish with a hot sausage.

We will not return to the Oval Room.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Asked the chef for a lobster and venison "surf and turf". It just hit the spot. The bartender knows how to make a perfect Manhattan. The wine list, while limited, is quality. What more can one want? Fine service, of course, and Alexa did just that. A thoroughly enjoyable dining adventure.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Following Tom Sietsema's affirmative report on his recent revisit we tried the Oval Room for a "night on the town ". Outstanding in every respect, and the table service was noteworthy - exactly what one expects in a fine restaurant. Also, my gluten free needs (I am celiac) were carefully met and with several options. Not inexpensive, but cocktails, dinner and wine were all good values. We will return.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Great place to impress a business partner or friends

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Healthy
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on May 8, 2017

The server and the other staff were attentive and professional. Menu sounded interesting. Carrot salad was exceptional; my husband's mixed green salad was rated great. He had striped bass; I had salmon. Both were good but not exciting. My two negative comments were about the bread, which was over toasted and way too crispy to taste good and the use of flowers in the food. I do not want to eat flowers and it seemed very 1980s.

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