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.View Private Dining Details
Tasty, carefully prepared food and attentive service. Sleek upscale surroundings. I recommend and will be back.
Terrible. Went for an important business lunch — the food was so embarrassingly bad, it derailed our discussion! The menu tries to be avant-garde and it fails. The chicken sandwich (highly touted by the server) was inedible-a tiny potion of skin-on chicken was overwhelmed by the over-toasted (ie, hard) bread. The fish was just as memorable.
New chef is great. Portions are not too big.
We love this restaurant -- the menu, the quiet, the nearness to the Metro. And the waitstaff is brilliant.
The Oval Room deserves 2 Michelin stars, above all for the creativity and the flavor and the
presentation of its dishes. The setting is also pleasing and again quietly creative.
Lunch during restaurant week was the perfect opportunity to try this restaurant. Fabulous meal and excellent service that was not pretentious . Friends had recommended it and they were right. Looking forward to returning.
The Foie Gras blew away any that I had on a recent trip to Paris. It was luxurious and decadent balanced perfectly with the quince. The risotto was perfectly prepared. The service was also attentive. The experience surpassed our expectations, both couples indicated that we would be back soon!!
Had a great lunch during the restaurant week. They had not too much of variation from lunch to dinner. So I would say the lunch is definitely has more value than the dinner. The Parsnip soup has pretty looking, but I can't say the same to the taste. It is sort of fruit, nutty, and cream. The mushroom risotto is good. The chocolate cake is more like flourless cake, but good. The only thing I don't like is the accent added on the dessert, sort of south east asian or middle east spice . Overall Oval Room is a good restaurant, but not standing out.
We went for a birthday celebration. Our waitress was upbeat, efficient and attentive. High marks to her.
The food was pretty good too, although neither entree was served hot, just warm; and the salmon was close to raw. Dessert was good, except that my partners choice was substituted for a birthday dessert without our ok. It would have been better to place a candle in what he requested.
The dining room on the right is too loud. We easily overheard everyone else’s conversations.
So while I’d agree with other diner’s comments, if it had not been restaurant week, we would have overpaid.
wonderful service and inventive menu. Will be back!
We love the atmosphere and the food at the Oval Room and occasionally go there for regular or special occasions. Last time was ok but the food was in small quantities (restaurant week) and it took a long time to get our food and especially the desert, which is usually not the case. Regardless, one of our favorite places for dinner.
Excellent restaurant week menu. We enjoyed every course, and the service was friendly and attentive. Only disappointment is that they were out of one of the star appetizers on the restaurant week menu. A leisurely and most enjoyable dinner!
Restaurant week! Excellent selections. Our favorite table (not as noisy as the rest of the main Dining room) and favorite waiter (there ARE skilled professional waiters in DC!). Appetizers: the roasted Veg tasted like veg should take, and that foie gras had small toppings of added flavors that made the dish simply pop. (really didn't need the Sauternes... but enjoyed them anyway). Mains: the chicken was perfectly cooked and the duck breast was soft, rare, and almost fork-tender. All the arrayed vegetable portions were excellent pairings. The chef may be "new" to the OR, but the food is as consistently excellent as ever and with gift of cooking vegetables just SO.
Everything was great till the end when we were practically thrown out at the closing time of 3 pm.
Not classy! And presumably not in keeping with the reputation they wish to cultivate.
This restaurant never fails to excel! One of the most civilized (nicely spaced tables, low decibels) and delicious restaurants in DC.
my food arrived warm at best. my guest did not accept her fish entree as it did not taste good to her at all. another entree was prepared for her and was acceptable to her and two guests got this same entree which they both stated was extremely salty and not enjoyed. this was restaurant week and the restaurant did not offer its regular menu. this information was not on its web site, had i known this i would have reserved elsewhere.
The food was fantastic! The waiter was very attentive. The menu had a great variety.
Good options for restaurant week. Wish more bread was offered.
Atmosphere was good, food exquisite and staff very attentive. thank you!
Restaurant week menu and food was amazing. !! Haven't been back in so long I'm glad I did and I'm going back this coming Monday with friends ( which one of them had dinner last Monday and loved it ) . Want to praise Nick our server he's new but was very nice , professional, not over baring .
Thank again for a great experience !!!!
The Oval Room never disappoints. We were here for restaurant week. There were excellent vegetarian items for one of our party. I have to say that though everything was excellent, the pomegranate dessert was OUTSTANDING!
Six of us went for Restaurant Week. Main courses included tortellini, salmon, hake, hangar steak, chicken. The portions were substantial. They were not overwhelming. They were very adequate. Along with an appetizer and dessert, the amount of food was very good. The taste of the food was also very good. The wait staff was very attentive. Overall, the experience at the Oval Room was very positive. We will return.
Great food, great service.
Consistently excellent as always. Ive been a regular here for over 10 years.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Ended up being the perfect Christmas Eve treat with my parents. Wonderful and nicely priced menu. Sure proved why it gets great reviews!