About Sixth Engine Restaurant

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.

438 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

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) .

Cross Street:
Between 4th and 5th

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 506-2455

Website:
http://www.sixthengine.com/

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.

Public Transit:
We are located equidistant between Gallery Place, Judiciary Square, and Union Station on the Red Line.

Executive Chef:
Kyle Bailey

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

Special Events & Promotions:
We are available for all manner of special events. Please contact info@sixthengine.com for additional details.

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.

Sixth Engine Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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89% would recommend it to a friend

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Comfort Food (8)
Fun (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Business Meals (5)
Great Beer (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Authentic (3)
Cozy (3)
Live Sports (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Romantic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Nashville)·Dined 3 days ago

This was the first time eating here for all 4 of us and we'll definitely be back! We enjoyed brunch tremendously. Everything we ate was delicious (highly recommend the Benedict). The bottomless mimosas were a good price ($15) and I loved the history behind the building. Service was great as well, from the front of house to our server. This place is a must for brunch.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 4 days ago

I ordered the brisket and it was amazing! Brisket on brioche with a side of fries. Great comfort food, the waiter was attentive, the soccer match and other sports were on TV, it was not overly crowded and the it was not too noisy. It's a great neighborhood bar. I will say to check with the staff on the menu, they change it often and if you have dietary restrictions it may be difficult to find many items to eat. Their brunch-lunch menu is not as expansive as the dinner menu and in general the menu for winter is heavy on pork.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Fun, Happy Hour, Live Sports
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Nice place in DC for a quick and reasonably priced meal. Cauliflower app was very good, as was the brisket sandwich. Good beer selection.

Tags: Live Sports, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We found on Open Table at the last moment. We were surprised, and a little worried, to find the restaurant mostly empty on a popular night for dining out (it was literally the only restaurant in the area that could accommodate 5 at that specific time). The server was great and provided good cutomer service.
The ambiance was nice and versatile...Good for a family or a date! The food was very good. We all enjoyed our meal. The wine selection was a bit limited, but the glass I ordered was fine.

We will go back!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Our server was extremely helpful with suggestions on our dinner choices. She made the whole dinner process quite enjoyable

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We loved this restaurant! It has a great atmosphere being the oldest firehouse in DC and the food was great. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer, Romantic, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great atmosphere, excellent cocktails, good food and engaging service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This was a fun stop, love the decor and the menu was nice variety. Mimosas very popular, breakfast sandwiches were good. Coffee excellent

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Fun, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was great, cute restaurant with neat history, only complaint was that the servers stopped filling our glasses way before our 2 hours of bottomless mimosas was up.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The waitress was very nice and attentive. The food was bland. I ordered steak and eggs with hash browns and my hash browns was a left over baked potato that they did t even bother to cut up. I ordered my son the chicken tenders and fries they were over fried, hard to bite and extremely crunchy. Only good items were the apple fritters and hush puppies.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a wonderful experience at DC’s first fire house. Cool place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Cozy, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Well done Sixth Engine. I’d happily dine with you again.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent experience. I had the grain salad with chicken - it was amazing.

Tags: Casual, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I've been here a couple times before, but this was the first time I've had an issue with service. Drink refills were slow and food came out in a much longer window than previous. A friend has to catch a train and she nearly missed it from food. I know this is a good spot-- hope this time was an anomaly.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great brunch! We shared the apple fritters and steak and eggs. Plenty for two people with bottomless mimosas

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 17, 2017

The service was great, we loved her. I can't remember her name. The coctail that she recommended was very good too. Thanks to her.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was good and the staff was very attentive. The homemade pluot jam was fantastic.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Disappointed. Some of the hushpuppies in our appetizer were runnie in the center. Runnie, not just undercooked. The entrees, scallops and pork loin, were fine, but could have used more seasoning like say salt. The main reason they get a 3 is for dessert. What they advertised as peach cobbler was actually cooked peaches in a small skillet with oatmeal sprinkled on top. Not a cobbler; not even a crumble; not at all sweet. My husband wouldn't let me complain, otherwise I would have. Not worth the trip from Woodley.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

We went on a quiet, rainy Friday night. Visiting from the Midwest. 2adults, 2 kids age 9 & 10. Service a bit slow, slow to greet us. Slow to take our order. Had the cauliflower app, it was great. Cheese dip appetizer greasy. Dinner order was ok. Hubs had filet and I had Rock fish. Small portions. Overall atmosphere was pretty dead. We ran out of water and had to flag waitress down for more. Overall it was ok. Nothing to write home about. Overall disappointed as the description as the first fire station seemed fun. 🙁

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 8, 2017

My mom got the filet and it was excellent, everyone else’s entree was okay. The service was excellent and the interior was very unique.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

My friends and I were celebrating a birthday . This restaurant was recommended by Open Table when we couldn't get a reservation at Salt Line. We arrived on time and we were promptly seated. That's when the service stared to decline. Although our server was friendly, her table service was very poor. We waited way too long have our orders taken and even longer to receive our entrees. She never returned to check on us, and I had to actually get up and asked another server for additional salad dressing. This was all surprising because the dining room had plenty of empty tables. After we finished dinner we sat their with used dishes in front of us. Finally, I requested and signed the check as I stood by the bar. This was certainly not service we expected.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 27, 2017

The food was delicious. The homemade potato chips are amazing. I enjoyed sitting outside and enjoying sitting in the city and eating and enjoying!

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food was excellent! I love that they use local farmers & bake their own bread. You could taste the freshness in the food. A place that I would definitely patronize again on future trips in the area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This was so convenient for us being two minutes away from our accommodation. We enjoyed our meals very much and were pleased we had chosen to eat in an old fire station. It was lovely and cool inside but the outside space looked very pleased.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Bottomless brunch was delicious! Everyone was very satisfied with their meals & the food came out in record fast timing. They let us sit for the full two hours of drinking even after we had finished our food. Definitely will be back again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Casual, Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Nice brunch spot. The food was better than good, somewhat lite portion. The bottomless mimosas was slow to be refilled. Will likely go again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service every time. This was my 12th visit over 4 years. Most consistent restaurant I've ever visited.

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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Great food, cold beer, awesome service and outdoor seating perfect for a nice night out. Pet friendly outdoors another plus.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

Overall good, We sat outside and service was great. Food was ok. Decent menu. Good prices.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

5 of us went here for brunch on a Saturday afternoon. We went while it was still nice out and were able to eat outside so I can't speak to the interior. The location seemed to be in the middle of nowhere (still in DC) as there wasn't much around, but it was easy to spot with it's unique red exterior. Service was great and the food was good. We did a restaurant week special so we had more food than I knew what to do with. The only thing thing that bothered my friend was the lack of brunch drink options as she can't do Mimosas because of the acidity in the OJ. Having a Bellini option in addition to mimosas and bloody mary's would have been nice!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Ordered starters and entrees. All the food came at one time which was disappointing. Hush puppies and breaded cauliflower was excellent. Wait staff not very attentive.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great venue but very loud

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 2, 2017

I had been here before but ate at the bar downstairs. This was the first time eating upstairs. The ambiance was fine, service was amazing and the food was a big surprise. Lots of healthy options and the kitchen staff was willing to slightly modify our entrees to accommodate our dietary restrictions

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on July 21, 2017

I was in DC this week on business and was looking for a place that had a variety on the menu, close to a metro station and, reasonably priced. This was definitely it. Everyone in my party enjoyed their drinks and meals. I have never been in a restaurant that serves homemade potato chips as you wait for your meal; that was a tasty bonus.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Casual
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Found it because it was close to our Capital Hill hotel. The waitress was awesome, funny and friendly. Chicken wings were yummy!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Casual, Great Beer, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Went with a group for Saturday brunch. We did the bottomless brunch and service was great - our glasses were never empty! Food was so-so. I'd come back again to try dinner.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Don't eat there. It's awful.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Sixth Engine is great for Happy Hour. Loud and fun crowd. Unfortunately, the downstairs inside dining area is just as loud. Upstairs is usually great, but was not available because of an event that reserved the space.

Sat outside just so we could hear each other across the table. Was hot and humid, but the good food and great service made up for it. I'll be back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Great place for brunch and bottomless mimosas. Food is amazing and reasonably priced.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The bottomless mimosas are actually bottomless. Glasses were never empty

Tags: Casual
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