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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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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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

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (24)
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Business Meals (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Romantic (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Authentic (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Cozy (3)
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)
Great for Brunch (1)
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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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 (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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 (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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The oval room is consistently excellent.
The food is very creative and very high
quality. The setting is perfect for a business
lunch. Perfect service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 4, 2017

We always liked the Oval Room, but hadn't been there in a couple of years. Our experience on this visit was spectacular.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 3, 2017

An elegant restaurant with excellent food. The noise level makes it possible to talk.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 2, 2017

The Oval Room does not disappoint. Everything about the meal was top shelf. Service was perfect. Food delicious. Wine selection excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 26, 2017

My single largest pet peeve with expensive restaurants is when the server decides to be Kreskin the Amazing Mentalist and does not write the order down - preferring to rely on memory. Well that move ruined our lunch -

Appetizer that was not ordered was delivered and entrees were not correct. In addition to horrible pacing from the kitchen and numerous inappropriate interruptions from same server.

This place is usually great but Wednesday it was a disaster -

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Outstanding! Best in DC!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Excellent- in all respects- meal was creative and very well presented but tasted even better!!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Perfectly delightful in every way! While the decor is starkly contemporary, the Service is old fashioned perfection , and the food measures up to the best anywhere.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 6, 2017

We recently had dinner here and decided to have lunch. I arrived late but was taken to a table immediately. Wait staff was excellent as was the food. Have now been here for lunch and dinner and recommend both.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 1, 2017

This was our first foray to this elegant, very civilized white-tablecloth restaurant quiet enough to carry on a conversation with your date! Even though there were two large groups the same night we were there, the noise wasn't ridiculous and the service still very attentive. Our request to enjoy our cocktails before being served food was graciously respected. We did the 3-course prix fixe with wine pairings, which is an excellent value. Two amuse bouche were included and were delightful. I had the grilled asparagus salad first course, which was very spring-like. The poached cod second course disappointed in that it was too salty for my taste. A blue cheese dessert option was very welcome, especially as I don't have much of a sweet tooth. Overall an excellent meal!

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on March 27, 2017

Wonderful dining experience all the way around!! Don't miss the carrot salad!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 24, 2017

The food at the Oval room is absolutely fantastic! Very creative!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 20, 2017

Food was fair. Service was fairly attentive, but did not explain specials or know much about menu. I am a regular diner at great establishments. Overall, I was really disappointed. We could have made a much better choice.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 11, 2017

This restaurant is a good choice anytime, but particularly for dinner on the spur of the moment because its location tends to attract more lunch business than dinner business. There is usually space at the bar, if no table is free. And the food is really good! There is often wild game on the menu, and the salads and side dishes are fantastic.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 8, 2017

The poached lobster with vegetables was absolutely delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 2, 2017

Always one of our favorite DC restaurants. Classy, quiet, excellent cuisine and consistent.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on February 25, 2017

Excellent meal but unpleasant, snobby waiter was upsetting throughout.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 23, 2017

Good to take friends coming from out of town for that Washington lunch they have heard about. The fish was good.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Exelent customer service, also I requested two special requirements and he make it. Beautiful restaurant and delicious food.

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

Everything was amazing! Great service, great food, perfect atmosphere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2017

Supposedly one of the best in the city, however, the food was lackluster. The brussels weren't even cooked all the way through.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Food was exceptional, wine and cocktails great and the service was even better. It's on the pricier side but absolutely worth it. Will definitely come back. It's a great place for a special celebration or for nice business dinners.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2017

The restaurant was not too busy for a Saturday evening and the ambience was pleasant. It was Resutaurant Week and tehre was quite a selection of dishes to choose from. I ordered the Cured Pork Lomo for a starter, dorado for the main and Banana Foster's custard for dessert. I had a glass of Vouvray with my starter and main and it accompanied the delicious tastes of both courses very well. My friend had the heirloom carrot salad and duck and both those were great as well. I would definitely recommend eating here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Went during Restaurant Week. The pork appetizer was underwhelming. The carrot salad was very good. The food portions were on the small side. Our server was impeccable. The valet charged me $10.00 to park when his sign said it was $8.00. The Oval Room should get this overcharging customers for valet parking remedied. Irritating way to end the night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2017

We visited The Opal Room during 2017 Winter Restaurant Week. We met friends there and had a great dining experience. Food was outstanding, particularly the duck and coconut grits. Service was attentive, helpful and unobtrusive; we lingered and never felt rushed. Definitely recommend The Opal Room to others and we look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Lovely atmosphere. Good service from entry to exit. Duck, lemon meringue dessert, and salad were excellent. Although I used the Restaurant Week Menu, there was no stinting in quantity (and certainly not in quality.)

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2017

We went for restaurant week and even though it was discounted pro in for the promotion, the options and serving sizes were all excellent. The heirloom carrot s d coriander salad was excellent, as were the entrees of Salmon, NY strip and duck. Desserts were on the simpler side but all were very tasty too.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2017

We are always on the search for quiet, comfortable restaurants, with exceptional cuisine. Well at the Oval Room, we found quiet and comfort. Unfortunately, the cuisine was one of our worst experiences in the DC Metro area. There were 3 of us dining, and not one of us liked our appetizers or meal. We had appetizer, main meal and dessert. The dessert was the only thing that was edible.
We were all dumbfounded as to where the rave reviews come from. Our waitress was totally non-communicative, she rolled her eyes when we asked questions about the menu, and when we asked for something as simple as water, she acted very bothered. Three times she sent over the manager when we had a problem with not getting what we asked for. He never apologized one time. I have never seen such an attitude in any other fine restaurant. Normally, when so many tings go wrong in one night, the Manager would offer you something. Anything. But not at The Oval Room.
We over-heard the guests dining at the two tables on either side of us commenting on their food. All of their comments were negative. They were commenting about how strange the flavors were, and trying to figure out what they were eating.
We would not recommend going to this restaurant, and certainly would not return. And for what you pay, you will likely be disappointed. There are way too many fine restaurants in this town now - so The Oval Room better up their game if they are going to continue to compete in what has become a major restaurant city now.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Terrible experience, slow service. Food was good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2017

We were a party of four celebrating a birthday with lunch during restaurant week. Although on the whole, the food was good, three people in our group ordered the pork entree and were disappointed. It was simply too dry and boring. The dorado, however, was excellent. The Oval Room has beautiful ambiance with an elegant and refined atmosphere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2017

I have eaten at Oval Room in the past. Chef Melfi is outstanding and consistent. The food is both delicious and presented in a beautiful manner. The Chef's leadership is seen in the server's knowledge. The restaurant is very comfortable. All at a fair price. I highly recommend!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Outstanding Value, Healthy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Let me start by saying I have been to this restaurant several times and have always enjoyed it. The services is excellent and the food has always been good. My most recent visit had me a bit disappointed. I recently found out I was Gluten intolerant. I viewed the menu online prior to our visit to make sure that what I intended to order was, in fact, gluten free. The server seemed a bit hesitant but then said that my appetizer, entree and dessert would be gluten free. He even said that the chocolate cake with mousse was made with almond flour. The menu online stated that the cake was "flourless", so I was pretty excited to be able to enjoy dessert. The meal was served and it was good. Then came dessert..... the other 2 people in my party also ordered the chocolate cake as well. Theirs was served the regular way. Then they served mine. No cake, just a tiny dollop of mousse with the raspberry sauce underneath. I asked for clarification since the server said the cake was made with Almond flour and the person serving the dessert said, "oh no we didn't make it like that". I have to say, I was really disappointed. While I certainly don't expect the chef to create an entire new dessert based on my dietary restriction, I feel like 2 things could have happened to make my experience better: 1) the server could have come to tell me that the cake was no longer made with Almond flour and asked if I preferred something else (perhaps ice cream since that was an accompaniment on the other dessert) or 2) the chef could have actually put 2 dollops of mousse or something to make my dessert a little more presentable and substantial. Its not fun or convenient to be gluten intolerant, but I just feel like the servers need a little more knowledge of what is coming out of the kitchen to answer food allergy questions with more confidence, and I feel like the chef could have taken a little extra step to make my dessert experience a nicer one.

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