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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
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 -
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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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