Sixth Engine Restaurant

4.4
625 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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A contemporary American restaurant set in D.C.'s 1st firehouse, Sixth Engine uses classic techniques to produce comfort foods with a touch of refinement while providing polished service in a comfortable setting.

We have three different dining areas. While we do our best to accommodate requests for specific areas, we can not always guarantee availability. Due to the unpredictability of the weather, we do not accept reservation for the patio, which we seat on a first come for served basis. Please feel free to call the restaurant if you require a specific location, and we will do our best to meet your needs.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Open for dinner nightly from 4:30-10:30 PM, late night menu available till midnight Friday & Saturday. Serving Brunch Saturday & Sundays from 11AM-5PM(Breakfast Items only till 3PM) .
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Phone number
(202) 506-2455
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kyle Bailey
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 4th and 5th
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Parking details
Sixth Engine recommends parking at the Franklin Parking Lot located
at 901 5th Street, NW, just a half of a block west from Sixth Engine on the corner of 5th and I Streets.
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Public transit
We are located equidistant between Gallery Place, Judiciary Square, and Union Station on the Red Line.
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Special events & promotions
We are available for all manner of special events. Please contact info@sixthengine.com for additional details.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Located in Mt. Vernon Triangle, Sixth Engine is in close proximity to both the Convention Center and the Verizon Center, in addition to multiple metro lines. Sixth Engine combines modern interpretations of classic American fare, nestled in the historic ambiance of DC's oldest firehouse.

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625 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
63%
Very Good
23%
Good
9%
Fair
3%
Poor
2%
4.2
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wasn't too crowded got a ton of food and happy hour prices for drinks. Great experience

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SE
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Atmosphere was cool. Food was good. I throughly enjoyed the ribeye and the fried cauliflower. Service could use improvement

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DA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was awesome. The service was even better. My group was here for work and I found this place on Yelp. We had a nice dinner and most of my group will be going back before the end of our work week. The food is outstanding.

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J
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

My family tried this restaurant because it was in the hotel where we were staying. Fairfield Marriott. The room was very dark so ambiance wasn't very inviting, although it was a colonel setting so maybe that was the reason for the darkness. The waitress was very good and attentive but the food was just okay. I wasn't impressed with the overall experience so that's why I wouldn't recommend this restaurant. It was very pricey.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a unique menu and everything we tried was delicious! Great prices and service too! Great first experience and will most definitely go back there!

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BM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was mediocre. The kids chicken tenders were over cooked, the homemade lamb pasta was a bit bland, the fries were cold. The burgers and brisket sandwich were good. I think if your getting beers and apps it’s a decent place.

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AP
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lauren was an amazing server and the food is always good. The timing - after brunch - was perfect as it was quiet and less crowded. Their mac and cheese was an interesting experience - not bad, but I, personally, would not call it mac and cheese. The rib eye is phenomenal.

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h
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

we enjoyed the general experience although our service was slow and the restaurant was not busy.

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S
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the bottomless mimosas on the brunch menu..great food and very generous servings of ham, sausage and bacon. Nice bright room up on the 2nd floor. Wonderful way to spend a leisurely weekend late morning

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AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great! Really cool renovation... And yummy food!

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M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great dishes, esp. the brisket sandwich, braised lamb, and rib eye. Pork tenderloin should have been cooked longer, shouldn't be pink in the middle.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Found this gem on Yelp while visiting DC. It was just a quick 10-12 min. walk from the hotel...and worth every minute. The carbonara was very creamy and rich and the 3 cheese ravs were an exceptional delight; chewy, tender and the crunch from the nuts gave it an over-the-top punch. We sat outdoors and could not have been happier! Would recommend!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

There were three of us. We all ordered the Tasso Ham and Fried Egg on Pretzel Roll off the brunch menu. The ham was supposed to be flavorful. Instead it was inedible. It was grizzly and couldn’t be bitten through. The pretzel roll had almost no flavor. The side hash browns, which were actually home fries (although I actually prefer home fries) had a strange taste to them. We have been there before and generally found the food to be good. This time it just wasn’t.

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G
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good energy. Good food. Good beer

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Sixth Engine did not have the best service, but the ambiance was cute if you want to sit outside. Their food was average.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was BOMB and price is pretty good. unlimited mimosas were a good price. got the eggs benedict and while it may not have been good for my health it was great for my soul. will definitely come back

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was subpar and service was very lackluster. Nice bathrooms.

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G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I loved the restaurant itself, the whole old firehouse thing was very cool. We were even sitting right by the patch from where the pole used to be. Service was good, the host was very friendly and helpful (and cute). All of our food was good, the four cheese dip was yummy and my Ribeye was KILLER nice slightly crusty outside with plenty of flavor and cooked to perfection. Desert was good, but when I go back I'll probably pass and go somewhere else for dessert, cause it wasn't great.

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JR
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So yummy and generous with bottomless mimosas, 10/10

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation dinner

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MK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aboslitely love this place. I used to work here a while back and I still recommend it to anyone who’s visiting dc for the first time. Food is amazing and the portions aren’t overly sized.

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GA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Waitress was very nice, food is good, not great, but good, i had the steak, its small but tasty for $29 steak , wine was very good. outdoor seating is enjoyable. No street parking available so you either walk or taxi/uber. One issue that could have resulted in a very bad experience was that I reserved a table outside, only to learn once I arrived, that you can not reserve the outdoor tables.

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O
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The charcuterie plate and the steak were good but the homemade ravioli were tasteless, too thick and undercooked. Not sure a sauce of butter and heavy garlic should be classified as a sauce with some asparagus thrown in. Definitely would not order it again. The server was very good and the rose wine was good and well priced. Didnt really feel the firehouse theme.

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good although it can get noisy when the bar ares is full. Ask for a table in the rear.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A warm and cozy retreat on a cold and rainy day! We chose this restaurant based on its reviews, and we weren’t disappointed. Our reservation was at 4:45 pm, so the crowd hadn’t arrived yet, and it was very quiet. It did get noisier as the crowd arrived. Rossi was wonderful and provided excellent service. We loved the deviled eggs and hush puppies, both recommended in the reviews. My friend had the three cheese ravioli, and I had shrimp and grits. Both were wonderful. The food is prepared in non-traditional ways and served beautifully. My only disappointment was that the listed red blend wine wasn’t available for happy hour. I didn’t like the substitute, and they wouldn’t let me change it for something I liked. Oh well. A small price to pay for a wonderful dining experience. We want to go back for more, and we hope Rossi is there!

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H
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I usually enjoy Sixth Engine, I visit at least once a month. I invited some guest from out of town and they found hair in the hush puppies, glass shards all over the table, which meant the table was never cleaned off. The server was nice, but the other server was rude , set the plates away from the person who ordered we had to pass the plates around- how lazy was this? Totally not exceptable. It will be a while before I revisit. The server could have been more accommodating, but perhaps they just don’t care. Which is fine, I can take my business and appetite some place else. Very disappointing experience. Very different from the other times I’ve visited.

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J
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought a group here after a day of meetings and we had a table upstairs. It was the perfect spot for conversation and great food!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Before a sold out concert. Fast service. Good recommendations and splitting an entree was not an issue....server even recommended it.

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PA
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is both interesting and very delicious. All four of us ordered something different and we would have eaten anyone's dinner the food was so well prepared with a notable presentation style. Try the deviled eggs. Not your usual style, but absolutely fabulous!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebration

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 1

I came for brunch, and first of all the place smelled so strongly of alcohol, maybe from the night before? Then they had maybe 2 vegetarian options (and I'm vegetarian). I chose the omelet of the day, and it was cold when served to me. I got a side of hash browns, and they were definitely cooked in some type of animal by-product, although the waitress said they were vegetarian. The two friends I were with enjoyed their meals, but I wouldn't recommend for vegetarians.

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B
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Just average - french fries were good. Food was typical bar food.

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S
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful Easter brunch with bottomless mimosas which incidentally really were bottomless and superlative! Excellent service and very good food made this a great Easter Sunday celebration. Only criticism is that it was rather dark in the dining area downstairs

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Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Steak was thin and sinewy. My daughter had hair and an eyelash in her food.

Loved the idea and location, but the execution was just not there.

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Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Eclectic expert for a firefighter family in town for spring break. Great service and plenty of food!

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NP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Good food

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JP
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We went to Sixth Engine for lunch on a Saturday with a 3 PM reservation. We were seated promptly and our waitress came over to our table immediately but that was the last time we saw her until she handed us the check. The food while brought out quickly was not cooked thoroughly and cold and my French fries were soggy with oil. My girlfriends Fried chicken sandwich barely had any fried chicken on it and she didn’t even bother eating her fries as they were soggy too. The waitress was nowhere to be found for refills or sending food back and took 30 minutes after our meals were taken away to realize we were finished with our meal. We spent over $45 on a meal for a cheeseburger and a chicken sandwich in which I probably could’ve gotten a better burger for much less at 5 guys or McDonalds. I would not recommend going here for a meal

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GP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great Ambiance, apple fritters were amazing and perfect to split. Food was tasty - potatoes were really good.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was an excellent find !! Very comfortable, cozy, almost neighborhoody in a way, but located downtown on Massachusetts Ave between 4th and 5th. Ambiance was great - not very loud, and quiet enough to have a conversation at normal volume levels. The staff were very helpful, friendly and attentive. The meals were very good and portions generous. We will definitely be back !!

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BC
Oklahoma City
14 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My 3rd trip to Sixth Engine and it has been a great experience each time..... Apple fritters are a must!

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