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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
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
If I had any complaint about the Oval Room, it is that it had too many choices. From first course to dessert, there were so many options. Our server was no help because she was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and only made everything sound better. The only solution to this problem is to keep going back until I've had a chance to try everything, and I fully intend to do just that.
I often dine at the Oval Room. The service is always excellent. The staff know who you are and remember what you like. The tables are well-spaced so that there is a level of privacy. Finally, the menu, while changing from time to time does retain several favorites so that I know what to expect. Finally, not a bad place to people watch, if you are into that.
It's very nice to see a full-service Greek restaurant in downtown DC, and both the food and the atmosphere here deliver. Both my girlfriend and I ordered fish, and they were both excellent, nicely flavored and cooked perfectly. The 3-course lunch for $25 is a decent bargain as well.
The oval room completely exceeded our expectations. The chef takes great care on all the dishes and is also very innovative in the way he uses his ingredients. Restaurants like this in Washington are rare - which makes sense given that the chef was a sous chef of Jean George. You can completely tell where he got his training from the dishes. Also, the service was fabulous. They also sent out amuse bouches.
We're used to dining in suburban Northern Virginia where the food is good but not spectacular. I can only compare the Oval Room with a few DC restaurants, but I have to say it stands out. I found the food marvelous - a true taste adventure. The foie gras with ginger jelly was one of the finest I've ever had. The roasted baby beet salad was excellent. The entree of pork rack and belly was served over a clam, pepper and lime stew - a combination I've never encountered but surprisingly delicious.
Our first time there - a wonderful experience. Food was excellent from start to finish, though my crispy lobster was nothing short of spectacular. Wine list is eclectic and young, but with something for everyone and decently priced (high praise for a DC restaurant wine list). Service was fantastic - friendly, more than competent and attentive without being intrusive! The young sommelier (Brent?) was knowledgeable yet humble and willing to converse and share opinions without being pushy. He and our waitress were a quite effective team and made our evening thoroughly enjoyable.
Restaaurant is by no means quiet, the ample table spacing makes private conversation a reality.
We went to celebrate out son's 25th birthday, and we couldn't have experienced better food - the duck dish I had was, honestly, the best duck I've EVER had. (oh - and the beet salad and pear tart dessert were just fantastic, as well). The service was terrific, very attentive and the ambiance is one of understated elegance. We will definitely return; we enjoyed it so very, very much.
I haven’t been to the Oval Room in years, but I’m glad I went back for lunch last week. There is little to be said the décor – minimalist and clean. But the food and its creativity more than makes up for any lack of ambiance. The service was also excellent. The mozzarella salad with chili sauce, micro basil and mangos was light and flavorful - I licked my plate clean. The combination of anis flavor and crunchy texture on the crispy striped bass left me wanting more although the portion was large. I was particularly impressed with the taste and creativity of the spinach and ricotta gnudi (the pasta filling sans the pasta) – it was like a cheese and vegetable meatball. I strongly recommend the Oval Room – it was delicious.
This place is truly a must for numerous reasons. The food is simply amazing. Started out with the crab salad and while it doesn't come out as you might think it would, it was really tasty (more of a crab cake but very good). Main menu I had to try the duck and it was everything I'd hoped it would be. The meat was perfectly cooked to order and was incredibly succulent. Put the wonderful food together with the intense wine selection - not to mention a sommelier who knows how to pair them - and it was as good as it gets. Even had a great conversation with the pretty blond bartender while waiting to be seated. All-in-all I was very impressed. This is a place I would be happy to take anyone I was trying to show off my DC food skills.
This was a business dinner and was just perfect for that. I know that the waiter was trying to "share" his knowledge of food preparation and the menu but he was over the top. We snickered at first but then it got annoying to be interrupted with a food lecture at each course. I will definately go back.
Overall, we had a very nice Valentine's Day dinner at the Oval Room, but not a fantastic one. The atmosphere was very "Washington power lunch" - stereotypical white tablecloth. Appropriate, but not terribly interesting. The food was very good, but not fantastic. The one particularly original dish - a Parmesan custard - didn't actually taste as good as I anticipated. Likewise, my chocolate dessert selection was good, but somewhat ordinary. However, the crispy lobster main course was excellent, as was the fois gras and amuse bouche soup (which I unfortunately can't remember the type!). I would recommend the Oval Room to someone who enjoyed good food and a traditional atmosphere, but isn't looking for over-the-top creative.
We went to the Oval Room for Valentines Day with trepidation as often holiday meals are less than great. We were very pleasantly surprised with a great three course menu with wonderful choices and truly outstanding food and service. it is no wonder that the Oval Room is rated 7th by Washingtonian, it is truly a great restaurant.
Went for the fixed menu for valentines day. The food was wonderful. There was flavor in every bite. The potato fritters were a bit salty, but everything else was wonderful. Very flavorful. There was a $25 corking fee for wine. Service was excellent too. Food presentation excellent.
a chef who really cares and tries hard to create distinctive meals. very well thought out wine list with unusual and well priced options. attentive service. the room feels cold, but the experience is one of warmth and genuine concern that you enjoy yourself.
The service and food are great. Something about the layout has always struck me as a little odd, but perhaps it is because the restaurant tends to cater to a sprinkling of an older clientele. Overall, a good experience. The food is about right for the price and the service is always top-notch. I don't go to the top of the line too much, but this was a nice treat for a birthday celebration.
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